Queen City Drug Company

Queen City Drug Company was a drugstore business established in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was incorporated in 1892[1] and was the first Black owned and operated store in the city. It had a soda fountain. It was established by partners John Taylor Williams (Charlotte's first African American doctor), Manassa T. Pope (the city's second African American doctor) and R.B. Tyler.[2] It was one of the city's most successful African American businesses in the 1890s.[3] Pope's house in Raleigh, now the Pope House Museum, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The store was located at 422 East 2nd Street in Charlotte's Brooklyn neighborhood.[4] John Taylor Williams served as its president.[5] The building was demolished in the 1960s for an urban renewal redevelopment project.[4]


  1. ^ "Queen City Drug Company". November 13, 1892. p. 1 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Greenwood, Janette Thomas (February 1, 2001). Bittersweet Legacy: The Black and White Better Classes in Charlotte, 1850-1910. Univ of North Carolina Press. ISBN 9780807849569 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ http://rhdc.org/sites/default/files/DrMTPopeHouseRHL.pdf pdf page 30
  4. ^ a b "1920s Drugstore Gallery Cart | NC Museum of History". www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.
  5. ^ "Williams, John Taylor | NCpedia". www.ncpedia.org.