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Gail Steele (right) took over the family hardware business when her father fell ill. With help from her brother Mike and close friends such as Rue Zalia Watkins, left, she reorganized the stock, put Beethoven and cool jazz on the stereo, and learned the business from customers. Blacks, present in Brooklyn since Dutch colonial days, now make up 31 percent of the population.
STEELE HARDWARE, BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, NEW YORK.
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