Sidney Dearing's Creole Café opened in 1918 as a venue for jazz and blues music at 1740 7th Street in West Oakland.

The Jan. 7, 1922, issue of the California Voice, the oldest black newspaper on the West Coast, contained an editorial titled “Oakland’s Shame.” Bemoaning the recent decline of a number of black-owned businesses in West Oakland, it read in part: “The Creole Café, the finest of its kind west of Chicago, can attribute its failure to lack of patronage by the Race, hence they were forced to ply for patronage to the whites and slowly but surely race prejudice crept in; this was the beginning of the end.”

 

Oakland Tribune - Sun May 15, 1921:

 

The San Francisco Examiner - Saturday, May 21, 1921:

 

 

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