Tom Joyner News: Cleveland’s Black History: Ulysses S. Dearing, city’s first black restaurateur and owner!

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Ulysses Dearing, Cleveland’s first African-American restaurateur, was born in 1903 in Washington, PA, and raised by his uncle in poverty.

With very little education, he left home when he was just a young boy to work so he could help support his family.

At the age of 15, he worked in the Carnegie Steel mills. When he turned 19, Dearing became a chef in Wilkinsburg, PA.

By 21, Dearing had saved enough money to open a restaurant and hotel. But he could not enjoy the benefits of his hard work because he saw it destroyed by a flood.

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