Albert Shelton, 1983

Since he graduated from University High School in 1952, Albert Shelton worked at Shelton's Laundry. In 1972 he purchased the business from his mother.

The business got its start in 1942 in the basement and backyard of the family home when Mr. Shelton's mother began to take in laundry to help supplement the family's income. In his office Mr. Shelton had the iron kettle that his mother used in the first days of the laundry.
Shelton Laundry grew into a two million dollar business, but Mr. Shelton was most proud that it was a family enterprise. "It came out of good relationships with family and friends ."

Source: Raymond Bial's In All My Years: Portraits of Older Blacks In Champaign-Urbana, Champaign County Historical Museum, 1983.