"Nora Hendrix, Jimi's grandma, worked here (2/3) : Vie's Chicken and Steak House (1920-1970)." It's not hard to imagine Jimi as a boy visiting his grandparents in Vancouver's Strathcona and hanging out at Vie's with his grandma, accompanied by soul food and soul music.
Vie's was both a culinary and cultural centre for blacks at this location in Hogan's Alley (Main-Jackson, Union-Prior). Hogan's Alley was the heart of the black community in Vancouver for decades through the middle of the 20th-century. The 1970s were infamous throughout North America as highways connecting affluent white suburbs to the city centre were built through and on top of poor and mostly non-white neighbourhoods. Vancouver was no exception. Although the planned freeway project was halted, subsequent construction of the replacement Georgia Viaduct in the 1970s meant the razing and destruction of Hogan's Alley, and effectively, the end of a central black community in Vancouver. Now, with the impending demolition of the Georgia Viaduct, there's a glorious opportunity to bring justice to Hogan's Alley and to open a new chapter for the black community to build and write in the city of Vancouver.
Black History Month is recognized in Canada 🇨🇦 since 1995, and is also officially recognized by the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Québec.
Union St. near Main St. : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 2 Feb 2017 (© HL).