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Inez Richardson papers

Identifier: AMN 1161

Scope and Contents

The collection concerns Inez Richardson, members of the Richardson family, and their involvement in Charleston area organizations. Series one consists of the correspondences of the Richardson family, which are largely letters written within the family, as well as financial correspondence of the Rose of Sharon Tent. Series two consists of the papers relevant to the Rose of Sharon Tent, the Charleston Democratic Party, and Avery High School memorabilia.


  • Creation: 1951-1990


Biographical Note

Inez A. Richardson, born in 1911, was the first licensed Black female barber in South Carolina, working in the barbershop on Ashley Ave owned by her husband, Roscoe J. Richardson, until his passing in 1987. Together, she and Roscoe raised four children, Myrtle R. Thompson, Shirley R. Bradley, William B. Richardson, and Roscoe J. Richardson, Jr. More than just a barber, Richardson was also an involved member of the United Order of Tents, particularly in Rose of Sharon Tent, which held meetings at Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. She also was an involved member of the Democratic Party. Richardson passed away in 2009 at the age of 98.


0.2 linear feet (1 archival box)

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Inez A. Richardson, born in 1911, was the first licensed Black female barber in South Carolina. This collection concentrates primarily on Inez Richardson, however it also includes documents pertaining to the rest of the Richardson family. The collection documents Richardson’s involvement in the Rose of Sharon Tent, Southern District No. 4, from 1952 to 1984. The Rose of Sharon Tent was one of the Tents of the United Order of Tents, which is the only Christian Black women’s secret society. The Society provides mutual aid services to its members and communities. The collection also holds documents pertaining to Avery High School and the Democratic Party in Charleston, SC.

Collection Arrangement

1. Correspondence 2. Affiliations

Acquisitions Information

Collection was donated by Stephanie Thomas


"Inez Loretta Addison Richardson." Billion Graves. April 2, 2009. Accessed Apr. 7, 2022.
Inventory of Inez Richardson paper, 1951-1990
C. Mateo Mérida
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Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture Repository

125 Bull Street
Charleston South Carolina 29424 United States