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Harden’s grocery was an institution at Ninth Avenue and 22nd Street S for years, but the door has been locked since about 1990. The only evidence of its history for years and years was this faded sign advertising pork, poultry, vegetables and fish. The business opened in the 1940s and closed half a century later. Sidney Harden was the first proprietor. The store was a cultural market, selling chitlins, hogs’ heads and, in its earlier days, meat from rabbits, raccoons and possums, which were kept live in the store’s back yard. It was also known for its fresh fruit. This sign was painted over in January 2002.

[Times photo: Jamie Frances]

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