Pioneering beauty entrepreneur Rose Morgan in a 1961 advertisement for Gleem toothpaste. Ms. Morgan owned Rose Morgan’s House of Beauty, a salon she opened in Harlem in the 1940s that she eventually expanded to include a dressmaking department, a charm school and a wig salon. In 1965, she was a co-founder of the black-owned Freedom National Bank in New York. A former wife of boxing legend Joe Louis, her celebrity clientele (long before her marriage) included Lena Horne, Ethel Waters and my aunt, opera singer Margaret Tynes.
Boxing legend Joe Louis and pioneering beauty entrepreneur Rose Morgan on their wedding day, December 25, 1955.