Runaway Slave Became America’s Richest Black Man | Junius G. Groves

October 12, 2018 6:20 pm

Junius G. Groves: Gilded Age Business Magnate
by Bayer Mack


Junius G. Groves, a successful, self-educated farmer, landowner, and entrepreneur, became one of the most prosperous African American men in the early twentieth century. Mr. Groves surpassed financial parity with most whites in contemporary Kansas and in the process combated racism by example and by providing economic opportunities to blacks and whites with a particular emphasis on uplifting his race.