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Ernest Brown Home

This property carries historical significance due to its connection with African American Ernest J. Brown. In 1927, he owned and managed Sawdust Trail on Sprague Avenue and Havana Street. Later, from 1929 to 1951, he operated the renowned Pirate's Den or Harlem Club. While primarily serving white patrons, the club also welcomed black customers on Sundays and Mondays. Notable figures like Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, and Louis Armstrong visited for the food and jazz music during their trips to Spokane. The Brown family actively participated in the club's affairs and lived on the upper floors. In 1951, a fire resulting from faulty wiring destroyed the club. Consequently, the Brown family relocated to 5901 E 8th Ave. 

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