Creator

Date Original

1943-1949

Description

Newspaper advertisement

Biographical/Historical Note

Frank Barbour Coffin was an African-American pharmacist, business owner, published poet, trustee for Wesley Chapel Methodist Church, and secretary for Philander Smith College. Frank was born to Samuel and Josephine Coffin in Holly Springs, Mississippi on January 12, 1870. He attended Rust College in Holly Springs, and Fisk University and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Coffin purchased George Jones Drug Store on 700 West 9th Street in Little Rock, Arkansas on January 1, 1898, which Coffin operated until his death on March 4, 1951. Coffin's drug store became known as Children's Drug Store around 1928, because the neighborhood children enjoyed his soda fountain and candy. The motto of the store became, "Follow the Children to Children's Drug Store." Coffin published poetry throughout his life in many different newspapers and published two books; Coffin's Poems and AJAX Ordeals, in 1897 and Factum Factorum in 1947. Coffin is buried at Haven of Rest Cemetery in Little Rock and his gravestone reads, "Let me live somewhere on life's highway and be the children's friend."

Physical Description

Microfilm

Subjects

African American; Business enterprises; Business people; Drugstores

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

MFILM News 000363

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Newspaper microfilm collection

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Frank Barbour Coffin Advertisement for Children's Drug Store, Newspaper microfilm collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

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