Ida Ginsberg, a businesswoman who helped break down racial barriers in Baltimore, died Tuesday at the Levindale nursing home after a long illness. She was 88.
Services for Mrs. Ginsberg were being held today at the Levinson funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road.
Mrs. Ginsberg became the first person in Baltimore to employ blacks as managers and buyers when she opened her own women's clothing store in 1936.
She is survived by a daughter, Beatrice Mancuso; a sister, Jean Conn; a granddaughter, Paula Mancuso Rea; and several great-grandchildren. All are of Baltimore.