You’ve heard of the Statesboro Blues, True Blue, and the Blue Mile, but did you know about Statesboro’s Blue Front?
Sometime between the “Blues” and the “Mile”, there was an area in downtown Statesboro known as the Blue Front. Today, it’s only a parking lot on the north side of West Vine street, across from Vandy’s. But in the 1930’s and 1940’s it was a vibrant place of commerce for African American business owners in Statesboro, as well as a social hub for African American teens and young adults.[google maps/earth photo here]
Sadly, by the 70’s all the businesses had closed or left. But in its heyday you could find a barber shop (maybe two), a tailor, a dry cleaners, a restaurant, and a pool hall; just to name a few.
We have yet to find any photos of the Blue Front from during the time period when it was most active, but we did find advertisements in several editions of the Bulloch Herald and Bulloch Times newspapers from the 1940’s that mentioned the location.
In 2019 the Bulloch County Historical Society placed a Historical Marker near the intersection of West Vine and South Walnut with more information about the businesses that were on the Blue Front.
When you visit the area, don’t forget to swing by Vandy’s for some delicious BBQ takeout!