: Photograph taken during the shoring up of the former Columbus Boxing Arena. This building became the Lazarus Annex at Town and Front Streets in downtown Columbus, while the west facade became the truck dock. The work was done by the C.W. Bryant Jr. Company during the late 1950s.
Charles William Bryant Jr. was born in Dayton in 1882, and from his start as a farmhand with a 3rd grade education would go on to become a prominent African American businessman, self-taught engineer, and owner of one of Columbus’ largest construction firms. The C. W. Bryant Rigging & Moving Co. was involved in major projects throughout Columbus, including the construction of a temporary Broad Street bridge following the 1913 flood, the removal of lighting arcs from High Street, and dismantling Hanford Village in 1962 for the construction of I-71. Bryant faced racial discrimination in his personal and professional life, including the refusal of local steelworkers’ unions to admit Bryant’s black employees, which forced Bryant Co. out of steel construction in the 1950s. He nonetheless expanded into other areas, including ownership of Bryco gas stations, a coal and oil company, the Litchford and Macon hotels, and the Ohio Malt Beverage Co.-the first African American distributor in Columbus. View on Ohio Memory.
: AV76_B01_F08_003_01 Subjects
: African Americans--Ohio; Bryant, Charles William, Jr. (1882-1964); Construction industry--Ohio; Columbus (Ohio)--History--20th century; Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)