A public installation driven by community conversation, 2013

Lindsay Heights

Published on October 31st, 2013 | by adamcarr

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Haralson Moore

The “Handsome Barber” name has been in the family for 90 years and Haralson Moore carries the mantle proudly. Below, find some reflections from Haralson on his career, the neighborhood, and the integral role of his family in the two.

Explore pieces of this conversation below.


-We had theaters, we had rec halls, furniture stores, jewelry stores, restaurants. You name it, we had it.

-I hope we go forever. Until the day I pass, or the day I die, this will be a community to live for and live in. For the future.

-We’ve seen a lot of people who have migrated from the South, up North, hit Milwaukee and lived here for years. I’ve seen generations come in and go.

-Pretty much the things are the same, and the only thing that change is the date. I’ve seen things come and go at least two or three times. That’s what life is.


We’ve been a family-owned business for all these years. And a black-owned family business for all these years. There’s a lot of black families that own businesses in this community that’s come and gone. And my father, my self, and my brother — and I have a son and I have a nephew that’s in it too.

To think of the generations. I have a great grandfather who started Handsome Barber Shop in 1923. Then my father came along in ’51 and here now I come along in ’95. And now it’s for my son and nephew to take it into the next millennium.

It’s not many of us black families that continue a business in this world today. Because there are so many challenges, so many different things to destroy it. Not only a black business, but any business for that matter.

In 2023, Handsome Barber Shop will have been around for 100 years. Ain’t too many black businesses that can say that. Or white business for that matter or any kinda of race. 100 years. That’s what I’m most proud of.


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