Atlanta - Sweet Auburn: Royal Peacock
The Royal Peacock, originally known as the Top Hat Club opened in 1937 by Jesse B. Clayton, Clayton R. Yates and Lorimer Milton at 186 Auburn Avenue, which was constructed in 1922. "Club Beautiful", as it was called, was one of the finest African American clubs in the country. In 1948, it opened as The Royal Peacock, with cascaded peacock feathers down the side of the building, under the ownership of Carrie B. Cunningham. The Top Hat Night Club and later the Royal Peacock hosted top performers including Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, the Supremes, and Gladys Knight and the Pips.
Restored and reopened in August of 2010 after being closed for almost two years, the Royal Peacock is a reggae nightclub now.
The Sweet Auburn Historic District is a historic African-American neighborhood, running Auburn Avenue, formerly known as Wheat Street. The name Sweet Auburn was coined by John Wesley Dobbs, who called it the "richest Negro street in the world." Its rise as the preeminent black district in Atlanta stemmed from the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot, after which many black businesses started to relocate from previously integrated downtown district.
Sweet Auburn Historic District National Register #76000631 (1986)