Heritage of Black Highlanders Collection, UNCAsheville Ramsey Library
John Henry McGinness: bhcP184.108.40.206.31
Tailor at 44 South Market Street
J. H. MCGINNESS TAILOR SHOP
CLEANING, PRESSING, DYEING
44 MARKET STREET
The above was a familiar sign on a front window of the Masonic Temple Building. There
he worked from the early 1900's to 1942. During this time he taught tailoring to veterans
of World Wars I and II.
July, 1942, Mr. McGinness, with his wife Carrie, moved to Washington, D. C. to join his
children, John Henry, Jr., a Chef Cook and Sarah Amarintha, a Professional Registered
October, 1942 - July, 1947, he served on a tour of duty in the State Department as a
United States Special Police.
September, 1947 - 1951, taught tailoring to war veterans at the Lofton School of
Tailoring in Washington, D. C.
September, 1951 - July, 1967, tailoring in his home shop until he retired at the age of
eighty-eight - still able to thread a needle with the aid of glasses.
He was active in civic and church affairs for which he was cited for faithful service
many times until Sunday, November 12, 1972. On this date, while Mr. McGinness was
preparing for church service, God called him to his eternal rest.