Pictured: The Empress Theatre, located at 338 Virginia Street, was built in 1911 as a movie and vaudeville house. Over time it was renamed the Vallejo, Senator, and Crest. The name was changed back to Empress Theater in the 1980s.
James Montgomery Owens (1878-1955) was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He served with the 9th Cavalry, Buffalo Soldiers, in the Philippines (1896-1898) during the Spanish-American War. He came to Vallejo in 1903 and became an active member of the community by helping to establish many civic and fraternal orders including Vallejo’s NAACP chapter and Firma Lodge. He was also one of Vallejo’s first African-American building contractors. Photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
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