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E. F. Young, Jr. Wikipedia
E. F. Young, Jr. (July 13, 1898 – May 1950) was an American businessman in Meridian, Mississippi who built a business related to services, such as barber shops and beauty shops. He also manufactured and sold hair care products developed for African Americans. He owned and operated the E.F. Young Hotel in Meridian, and eventually manufactured his products in Chicago, Illinois as well as Meridian.
E(ugene) F(red) Young, Jr. was born in Russell, Mississippi, the son of E. F. Young, Sr., a Methodist minister and farmer, and his wife Maggie.
In 1927, after graduating from the Haven Institute in Meridian, Mississippi, Young set to establish a career in business. For an African-American man in the Jim Crow South, opportunities were few and far between. While in school, he worked part-time as a barber, which was a good service career at the time, often establishing a man with connections in both the white and black communities. Upon graduation, he began working full-time as a barber to support his new wife Velma and growing family.
E.F. Young married Velma Beal in 1927. They had three children:Loyce Young [Daniels-De Augustino-Todd] (April 3, 1928– November 9, 1994)
Charles Lemuel Young, Sr. (born August 27, 1931 – April 29, 2009)
E(ugene) F(red) "Sonny" Young III
As a barber, Young realized the need for hair care products designed for his African-American clients. As the demand for these products grew, he decided to start a company to manufacture these products on a wider scale. In 1931, he established the E.F. Young, Jr. Manufacturing Company. In 1933, his company received its trademark and by 1945, it had grown to one of the most successful black-owned businesses in the South.
Young also bought and operated a hotel in Meridian, naming it the E.F. Young Hotel. At a time when African Americans were excluded from white facilities, it provided good quarters for black travelers.
After a long terminal illness, Young died in 1950. His widow assumed control of the business. Their eldest son, Charles L. Young, Sr. took over the operation in 1969. He served as president of the company until his death in 2009. The company distributes its line of products throughout the United States. It is also distributed in Canada and the Caribbean.The E.F. Young Hotel was listed as a contributing property of the Meridian Historic District, on the National Register of Historic Places.
The E.F. Young Company continues to operate and has expanded to international distribution of its products.