The first black-owned McDonald’s opened in 1968
On December 21, 1968, Herman Petty of Chicago opened the first black owned McDonald’s franchise. Earlier that year, McDonald’s Corporation and its management team felt that black business leaders could better address issues and concerns in the community where they live and work. Petty is still a McDonald’s Owner/Operator today.
Roland Jones, the first African-American Field Consultant with McDonald’s worked closely with Herman Petty in his store operations. By the end of 1969, there were 12 African American-owned and operated McDonald’s restaurants, mostly located in the Midwest. Jones’ continued work involved a series of meetings with operators and store managers.