Portrait in Black History: Alonzo Wright used wealth to help teenagers

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We are honoring unsung heroes during Black History Month. Today, we recognize a Cleveland man who used his wealth to help teens.

Alonzo Wright was one of the most successful African-American entrepreneurs in Cleveland's history and was the city's first black millionaire. Wright owned 11 gas stations in 1940 and hired the largest number of black youth in the United States at the time.

Wright later went on to sell his gas stations and start a successful real estate firm.

He died in 1976, leaving behind an amazing legacy.

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