Black Titan: A. G. Gaston

Ms. Jenkins and Ms. Hines talked about their book, Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire, published by One… read more

Ms. Jenkins and Ms. Hines talked about their book, Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire, published by One World/Strivers Row. Ms. Jenkins and Ms. Hines are Gaston’s niece and grandniece, respectively. The book is a biography of Arthur George Gaston. He was born in a log cabin built by his grandparents, who were freed slaves. Mr. Gaston served in the first all-black regiment during World War I. When he returned to his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, after the war, he went to work in a coal mine, where he began selling lunches to fellow workers. The profits from this venture helped him found a bank, which in turn provided him the seed funds to build a number of businesses to provide services often denied African-Americans during the years of segregation, including funeral parlors, motels, and insurance companies. When he died in 1996 at the age of 103, Mr. Gaston was worth over $130 million. Ms. Jenkins and Ms. Hines, along with an audience comprise close

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Black Titan: A. G. Gaston

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Program ID:
180835-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
First Aired:
Mar 06, 2004 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Mar 07, 2004 | 10:56pm EST | C-SPAN 2

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  • Mar 06, 2004 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Mar 07, 2004 | 10:56pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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