In the 1930s the hotel was owned by Tom Hayes, who was also the owner of the Birmingham Black Barons. As one only a handful of hotels open to African-Americans, the Rush Hotel housed many out-of-town players for the Black Barons as well as their visiting opponents. The hotel was also the site of organizational meetings for the Negro Southern League in 1931.
- Powell, Larry (2009) Black Barons of Birmingham: The South's Greatest Negro League Team and Its Players Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland ISBN 0786454806
- Poe, Kelly (August 28, 2017) "Historic building on 18th Street to be redeveloped into juice bar, private lab." The Birmingham News