Black History Month: Broome Special Phonograph Records, The First African-American Owned And Operated Record Label
Broome Special Phonograph Records was established in 1919 by George Wellington Broome. From what we know, this was the first African-American owned and operated record label in the United States.There seems to be no more than about 12 titled owned under this label. Broome took a liking to concert artists and wanted to try and give black concert artists more exposure. After a concert in New York, he was able to meet and record Florence Cole-Talbert. An African-American soprano singer for Detroit Michigan. Together they record three songs on the “Brown Seal” label. The record label was very short lived closing down in 1923. There after we saw the birth of Black Swan Records which had became the first black owned and operated record label with a wide distribution ability.