Serving up barbeque in traditional paper tray, Adam Scott’s Place, Goldsboro, NC, August 1944. From Conservation and Development Department, Travel and Tourism Photo Files, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC.
Scott’s Famous Barbecue dates back to the 1920s, when a black minister named Adam Scott began selling his famous barbecue from his back door to black and white customers. People began eating in his yard and eventually moved to his porch. Mr. Scott fenced in the porch and called it a restaurant. But for black customers, the business continued to be take-out only, since blacks and whites could not dine together at restaurants.
When Mr. Scott’s son Martel took over the family business in the 1940s, the restaurant had two dining rooms, one for blacks and one for whites. The dining rooms began to merge in the 1960s, under pressure from the Federal Courts.