1925-1951 Buffalo, New York Sanborn Map of the area around William Avenue and Bennet Street.

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Black and white photo of African American women in a beauty parlor

Picture of the women of Bonita's from the The Buffalo Criterion September 17, 1955.

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Newspaper text describing activities at Bonita's in The Buffalo Criterion September 17, 1955

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Known Name(s)



254 William St. Buffalo, NY

Establishment Type(s)

Barber Shop


Bonita Beauty Shop was in a three-story building located on the northeast corner of William and Bennett. It was one of a number of commercial buildings lining William Street, and it neighbored a warehouse and numerous dwellings down Bennet St. The street numbers changed from 154 on earlier Sanborn maps to 254 on the 1925-1950 version. 

Detailed History

Located in a business district on William Street. The beauty shop was a part of Buffalo's East Side African  American community and hosted community events including hairdressing demonstrations and galas for local African American beauticians. Currently, there is a new house located on the lot.

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