Monday, January 18, 2010

Freeman & Harris Cafe Memories established on Facebook group page; please post your thoughts, reminiscences and photos

For more than 75 years the premier soul food restaurant in Shreveport was the Freeman & Harris Cafe. Entertainers such as BB King ate there, gubernatorial candidates such as Edwin Edwards spoke there and the late night party people of the city also stopped there, because it was open to 3 am on weekends.

It was one of the few Black-owned businesses on the Black side of Shreveport that had a large white clientele.

For many decades it was located near the corner of Lawrence and Travis. Today Lawrence St has been renamed Pete Harris Dr. The Freeman's building is now Christian Services Hospitality House.

The Freeman's Facebook site has been established in homage to the food, the traditions and the people who touched so many diners during the Freeman & Harris era.

Please post your memories and your photos.

Perhaps one day Shreveport will host a Freeman & Harris Food Festival and a proper web site and perhaps a tourism-minded hall of Freeman & Harris images.

Until that day, this site represents a beginning in the collecting of the Freeman & Harris story.

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