John Dudley Ingram, 1996
John Dudley Ingram (1934 - 2019) knew from a young age, growing up in Marshall, that he wanted to own his own business. Ingram joined the US Army in 1956, and after being honorably discharged, he moved to Dallas where he began working for Skeffington’s Formal Wear. He enjoyed the business, but wanted to address the lack of service to Black customers, so Ingram established his own business. In 1961, he opened his first store, Mr. Formal Tuxedo Services, serving the Black community for their tuxedo purchase and rental needs. The tuxedo business began to take off in the 1970s, and had eight locations over the years, with as many as four stores running at a single time. Ingram made sure to use his success to support his community, often letting students borrow suits for formal events for free, and donating clothes to various charities. He received numerous awards for his work throughout his life, including the Quest for Success Award from the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce.