Supreme Life Building


The 1930s Supreme Life Building was the spot where John H Johnson Jr, the publishing mogul who founded Ebony magazine, got the idea for his empire, which included Jet and other important titles serving African Americans. There's a little neighborhood visitor center that sells old albums and trinkets behind the bank here; enter from 35th St.

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