Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This is another picture from inside the Happy News Cafe. I have found the pictures of the Cafe interesting, but also, there have been some clues that perhaps there is more to the story than just a simple cafe. First, we saw on an earlier picture that under the "Happy News" sign outside, it said, "Bernarr Macfadden Foundation". The "Foundation" part might indicate that this was perhaps some sort of Soup Kitchen with Dignity type of thing. Notice also the "Vital Foods at Bargain Prices" on the sign. Bernarr Macfadden was a publishing mogul, and perhaps his foundation did charitable work.
The picture above shows Elder Michaux working the cash register. Eldoer Michaux was a very early black evangelist, who was the first black person to host a TV show.
What makes things more confusing, the customers in yesterday's picture looked fairly well off, dressed nicely. So, perhaps the exact story of the Happy News Cafe remains somewhat of a mystery.