Robinson’s Barbershop, 1942

Collections in the Classroom

Grade Level

Elementary, Middle, Pre-K

Time Period

1900-1950: Early 20th Century


Community, Economics

Resource Type

Post-visit material, Pre-visit material, Primary Source

Collections in the Classroom: Robinson's Barber Shop


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  • Where do you get your hair cut?
  • How have barbershops and hair studios changed in the last 80 years?
  • How do you think Robinson’s barbershop was impacted by Jim Crow laws?


This is a photograph of Robinson’s Barbershop, which was located on Orleans Street in the Fulton neighborhood. The founder, Charles Francis Robinson (1905–1988) worked for the Lucky Strike tobacco factory in Richmond, Virginia before becoming a barber. Robinson’s Barbershop serviced both white and Black customers during Segregation. In this photo, we see Charles Robinson in the front, with Frederick Robinson in middle giving a shave and Adolphus White at back cutting a child’s hair.