Smokey Hollow was an African-American community a few blocks east of the state capitol building from reconstruction through the days of segregation. Urban renewal brought the demise of the neighborhood in the 1960’s. Today a memoriam marks its existence in local history. WFSU\’s Mike Plummer explores the recently added Smokey Hollow Barbershop restoration and talks to childhood residents.
Mike Plummer is a content producer and editor for television at WFSU Public Media. He spent 25 years in commercial television as an art director, commercial director, promotion manager, station manager and creative services director before coming to WFSU in 2008. Mike likes to find the “unusual” or “out of the ordinary” stories in our Local Routes. He says the best part of his job is getting to know people he would otherwise probably not get a chance to meet. Mike is widowed, has two terriers named Truman and Dexter, and is constantly at war with the vines growing in his backyard.