Profiles and Portraits : African Americans in Niles' Past, Present, and Future
VE Exhibit Label 1:
Invitation for Acklee "Buster" King's Testimonial Celebration on July 17, 1971.

The Riverview Inn was one of many black—owned businesses located in the city's downtown business district.

Acklee "Buster" King opened the Riverview Inn at 22 N. Front Street in 1939. The establishment remained in operation until 1971 when his building was demolished as part of urban renewal.
King later opened Buster's Bar at 21 E. Main Street.

In 1971, Buster King was recognized as being the owner of the oldest tavern in Michigan to be located on the same site. A testimonial celebration was held to celebrate this honor. Niles Mayor Ralph Wegner and a host of city officals presented King with a special plaque for this recognition during the Testimonial Celebration.

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