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Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Second Plaque for Beauford

In April 2014, I posted that the City of Paris approved the mounting of a plaque honoring Beauford in the 14th arrondissement.

Today I bring news of the possibility of a second plaque in the same neighborhood.

If approved, this one would be placed at 20 bis, rue de la Gaîte.

In an interview that I conducted with Beauford's friend Colin Gravois in 2010, Colin talked about a restaurant that was once located at this address. It was called Les Mille Colonnes and Beauford liked to eat there.

Les Mille Colonnes was a renowned dance hall during the 19th century. Documentation of the history of the associated restaurant is sketchy, partly because other sites in Paris operated under the same name.


Postcard - Les Mille Colonnes restaurant
Rue de la Gaîté à Paris, circa 1900

The site is currently occupied by the Hotel Le M. The owner granted permission for the placement of the plaque earlier this year and Les Amis de Beauford Delaney submitted a request to the Préfet de Paris for official approval shortly thereafter. We recently discovered that the dossier was never received by the appropriate office and have relaunched the request. With luck, we'll receive notification of approval in early 2015 and can begin planning for the installation of both plaques.

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