Ida Ginsberg

January 02, 1991

Ida Ginsberg, a businesswoman who helped break down racial barriers in Baltimore more than two decades before the civil rights movement of the Sixties, died yesterday at the Levindale nursing home after a long illness. She was 88.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Levinson funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mrs. Ginsberg, a buyer for fine women's apparel stores in Baltimore, became the first person in Baltimore to employ blacks as managers and buyers when she opened her own shop, Carver's, in 1936.

Former Baltimore Councilwoman Victorine Q. Adams said Mrs. Ginsberg was "way ahead of her time. . . . Many of her employees branched out to work in other stores and into stores of their own."

Mrs. Ginsberg was born in Poland and educated in Baltimore schools until the eighth grade. She was an early member of the Altrua Guild and was active in the American Jewish Congress.

Survivors include her daughter, Beatrice Mancuso, a granddaughter, Paula Mancuso Rea; several great grandchildren; and a sister, Jean Conn, all of Baltimore.

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