“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Memphis Martyrs

Memphis Martyrs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas S Parker, April 29, 2008
1. Memphis Martyrs Marker
Inscription. In August, 1878, fear of death caused a panic during which 30,000 of 50,000 Memphians fled this bluff city. By October, the epidemic of yellow fever killed 4,204 of 6,000 Caucasians and 946 of 14,000 Negros who stayed. With some outside help, citizens of all races and walks of life, recognizing their common plight in this devastated, bankrupt community, tended 17,600 sick and buried the dead. As a result many of them lost their lives, becoming martyrs in their service to mankind.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 63.)
Location. 35° 7.71′ N, 90° 4.224′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Channel 3 Drive. Click for map. Channel 3 Drive intersects Riverside Drive just North of the Interstate 55, Riverside Drive Interchange. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tom Lee Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tom Lee Memorial (approx. mile away); The Blues Foundation (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Lorraine Motel (approx. 0.8 miles away);
Memphis Martyrs Monument image. Click for full size.
By Thomas S Parker, April 29, 2008
2. Memphis Martyrs Monument
WLOK Radio Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Schools For Freedmen (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lansky Brothers (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Blues Trail From Mississippi to Memphis (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Memphis.
Also see . . .  The Great Fever Epidemic of 1878. From American Experience. Of note, one positive lasting effect of this great epidemic was the establishment of a National Board of Health in 1879. (Submitted on May 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Disasters
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Thomas S Parker of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 3,320 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Thomas S Parker of Memphis, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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