- Shennette Garrett-Scott
the first African American McDonald's restaurant franchisee, was born on August 10, 1935, in Chicago. Petty was educated in local schools on the South Side of Chicago, went into the military after graduating high school, and received a degree from Roosevelt University. After high school, Petty opened his own barbershop in the Stony Island neighborhood. For six years in the late 1960s, he worked as a barber by day and for the Chicago Transit Authority at night to save enough money to buy a McDonald's restaurant.
In 1968 Petty became the first African American to own a McDonald s franchise restaurant He overcame the daunting challenges of not only raising enough capital to open a restaurant about $150 000 in 1960s dollars but also running one in an inner city neighborhood Two white investors approached Petty about taking over a white owned restaurant in Chicago s inner ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.