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Slim Jenkins Club (aka Slim Jenkins Corner aka Slim Jenkins Cafe) was the premier nightclub in Oakland, the heart of the Harlem of the West from 1933 to 1962.

The club was 1748 - 7th Street in West Oakland, and Slim Jenkins opened on December 5, 1933, the day Prohibition was repealed with the passage of the 21st Amendment. Black musical icons such as Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, the Ink Spots, Earl Hines, Louis Jordan, and Dinah Washington performed for the racially mixed middle class audience. President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Slims, and William Knowland, publisher of the Oakland Tribune, was a frequent customer at the supper club.

It was in the same building as Jenkins' supermarket and coffee shop.

The club was razed in 1962 to make way for a gas station. 3

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Links and References

  1. E.F. Joseph Photograph Collection at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland
  2. Harold Jenkins Photograph Collection at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland
  3. Rites Set for Slim Jenkins Oakland Tribune May 24, 1967