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Leon B. Speights, owner of city barbecue carryouts
Leon B. Speights, owner of city barbecue carryouts

Leon B. Speights, founder of Leon's Pig Pen, where businessmen, judges and doctors rubbed shoulders with blue-collar workers, the homeless and welfare recipients, all dining on smoked ribs, minced pork sandwiches and fried chicken, died Oct. 14 at his North Bentalou Street home of kidney failure. He was 74. "A night at Leon's is practically a social event," observed the City Paper in a 1970s article. Born in Baltimore and raised at Greenmount Avenue and East Saratoga Street, Leon Benny Speights was a 1958 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. After high school, Mr. Speights embarked on a career that included working as a waiter, head waiter, line cook and...

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