Mansion Joe

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Mansion Joe (born June 15, 1896; died February 27, 1954), possibly from Diaho Nansion, often called Joe Mansion, was a first-generation owner of Joy Young Restaurant in downtown Birmingham.

Joe's family members first emigrated to Alabama from Canton (Guangzhou), China through the port of Mobile in the 1880s. In his early 20s, Joe and three other partners, including Loo Bing, opened the King Joy restaurant on 3rd Avenue North in downtown Birmingham. Joe subsequently opened the landmark Joy Young Restaurant on 20th Street North in 1922.

Joe's son Wing Soon had five children: Henry, Suelin, George, John, and Jimmy.

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