Black History Moments
Matthew “Bud” Waters of Bud’s Shoe Repair Shop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. where everyone gathered to eat roasted peanuts and to talk about last Sunday’s sermon or the morning newspapers. Walters moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1939 from Aiken, South Carolina where he was born in 1918. He learned the business of shoe repair in Atlanta at a vocational school. He owned and operated his shop for 40 years on Northwest Seventh Avenue Even after Mr. Walters death in 1991, the shop still had his old shoe stitcher with the same horse hair brush his tins of polish and bottles of dye were still left inside on the wooden table.
(Photo courtesy of the Walters family collection)