Happy Rhone's was one of the first integrated clubs in Harlem

Happy Rhone’s Club was a cabaret established by Arthur Rhone in 1922 on 143rd Street and Lenox Avenue. It set an example for the later clubs that were to come. This club was the first to have a floor show and hire waitresses. The mixed clientele there were entertained by the singer, Alberta Hunter while Noble Sissle was master of ceremonies. The cabaret was decorated in black and white. There were times that Rhone would rent his cabaret out for the NAACP to host parties in which white patrons would meet and mingle with the fledgling poets of Harlem.


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