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This page describes Malcolm X Boulevard as it appeared in 2001.  The tour was developed as part of the Malcolm X Boulevard Streetscape Enhancement Project.  These pages are no longer being updated.


47. Pig Foot Mary's
Corner of Malcolm X Boulevard and West 135th Street

This corner is the former location of Mrs. Lillian Dean Harris' tiny food stand where she served her famous boiled pigs' feet. A native of Mississippi known as "Pig Foot Mary," Harris contributed to the area's vibrant cultural history, first peddling her tasty wares from a shabby baby carriage, then from a steam table in a booth she attached to a corner newsstand. She was able to parlay her profits into real estate investments that earned her several hundred thousand dollars and comfortable retirement in California, making her one of Harlem's shrewdest entrepreneurs.

   
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