The value of a Black owned Barbershop to their community was highlighted Monday at the Springfield’s Mason Square neighborhood.
A community-wide celebration accompanied the 20th anniversary of the Final Touch barber shop at Mason Square, in recognition of Black Barbershop Appreciation Month and the emotional impact they’ve had over the years.
“The Black barbershop is known as the black sanctuary for a reason. Emotional and mental health is tied to the Black barber experience for Black men across the world and the city of Springfield. And so the listening skills and the ability to mentor, to nurture, is found in Black barbershop,” said Springfield HHS Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris.
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