Oldest Black Barber Shop Closes

Silver Moon Barber Shop on Auburn Avenue has closed after 108 years.


Silver Moon Barber Shop, thought to be Atlanta’s oldest black barber shop, closed its doors on Friday, 11Alive reported.

The Auburn Avenue store had been open for 108 years, and its sign claimed to be “the oldest black shop in Atlanta.” Its owner John Harris is now 85. He told 11Alive that he is just ready to retire.

"I really don't think I'm going to miss too much of anything. I've really given all I have being down here every day for the years I've been here," he was quoted as saying to 11Alive.

Harris’ father was also a barber in Reynoldstown, and three of his children worked at Silver Moon. They plan to open their own barber shop, according to 11Alive.

Did you ever go to Silver Moon? What do you think of its closing? Tell us in the comments.

Matthew Kramer September 24, 2012 at 03:03 PM
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Q. P Jones, Jr. September 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Cogratulations Mr. Harris. You have always been a very honorable gentleman and a Master Barber. You kept me looking good for many years. May God, Jehovah continue to bless and keep you safe. Q P Jones, Jr.
Shia Simone September 25, 2012 at 03:12 AM
When my family and I first moved to Atlanta, I took my young son to Silver Moon. This was in the early 1990's. I worked downtown and the shop was nearby. My son was, at eight years old, very particular about how he wanted his hair cut. The gentleman barber there could give him the cut he wanted. So many different kinds of colorful characters would come through while we were in there. They came for different reasons; to socialize or to catch up on current events, or just sit and observe those coming and going. Others came in to hustle the crowd promoting the latest this or that, or just to talk trash, signifying with old acquaintances in a game of lightweight verbal jostling. Men used words to compete and contend with each other. The challenge was to see who could take the most intense verbal jabs without loosing your cool. the first one to get mad and not know how to come back was the looser. It was a colorful and exciting place to be. Many fond memories.


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