Gary Hotel


1942-1977-Gary Hotel - Bessemer.jpg


Gary Hotel


Box 1 Folder 11: "Box 1 number 11 is a picture of a building that was in existence in 1942. The picture was actually from 1978 of a picture that existed in 1942 of the Plaza Hotel sometimes known as the Gary Hotel sometimes known as the Grand Hotel, which was on 17th Street and 2nd Avenue I believe, in Bessemer. This was the first site of the WJLD studios on the 2nd floor. There’s a copy of that picture too; it’s newsprint. This new print picture was obtained by Bob Friedman from the Bessemer Historical Society. It is an original newsprint from 1978 of the building that first housed WJLD in 1942. We assume that the building looked different, 36 years previous to this picture. Obviously with different businesses and traffic light systems and what have you."



“Gary Hotel,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed June 22, 2021,

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