“The Sunset, later the New Grand Terrace, was the most widely known black-and-tan to which crowds of slumming whites ventured when the uptown theatres closed. When it first opened, anonymous leaflets, allegedly written by “The Citizens’ Betterment Club,” circulated through the South Side claiming that this new white-owned club presented “immoral” entertainment “of the lowest type.” Co-owner Edward Fox angrily refuted the charges in the Defender, insisting that he ran the Sunset “in a clean, businesslike and legitimate manner,” and reminded the readers that the Sunset Café employed “upwards of fifty people.” Black musicians who worked there and white musicians who sat in with them concur that nearly all of the customers were white.”

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