Toomer Home

This ornate pressed metal building was built in 1905 by African American Amanda Toomer as a mercantile store on the first floor with living quarters for the Toomer family on the second floor. Amanda Toomer was the sister-in-law of Amanda America Dickson, who was the richest black woman in America in 1869. The business thrived and added a pharmacy by 1914. It was converted to a funeral home in 1915 and the dearly departed were displayed in the front windows. It has been converted into apartments and is home today to descendants of Amanda Toomer. More information on Amanda America Dixon can be found at the Perry Historical Museum.