Joker's Barber Shop

Known Name(s)

Joker's Barber Shop


N 4th St. Charlottesville, VA

Establishment Type(s)

Barber Shop

Physical Status



Per Sandra DeKay with the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, the current address of the business is 406 Commerce Street, about three doors west of N. 4th Street.

Detailed History

Joker's Barber Shop was adjacent to a house owned by Ellard and Mae Jackson. Mr. Ellard was a dentist, as was his father, J.A., who built the house. The Jacksons provided welcome refuge for Black students at the University of Virginia. The students ate home-cooked meals and watched television with the Jackson family on Saturday nights. Source: Miller, Ed; "The Underground Refuge," Virginia: The UVA Magazine, summer 2021, pg. 47. 

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