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Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Church Park

 
 
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By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
1. Church Park Marker
Inscription. At this location Church Park and Auditorium was established in 1899 by Robert R. Church Sr., a Memphis business man and former slave, to provide recreational facilities for members of his race who had no other place to meet. Many famous Americans, including Booker T. Washington and Theodore Roosevelt spoke here. After the death of its founder, who had become the first Negro millionaire in the South, the park and auditorium was managed by his son, Robert Church, Jr., who, at this site organized the Lincoln League and the Memphis Chapter N.A.A.C.P., the first chapter in Tennessee.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 67.)
 
Location. 35° 8.342′ N, 90° 2.858′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Beale Street east of South 4th Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in Robert Church Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 412 Beale St., Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sara Roberta Church (a few steps from this marker); Mary Church Terrell (a few steps from this marker); Phi Beta Sigma/Abram Langston Taylor
Church Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
2. Church Park Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Solvent Savings Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); The Memphis Home of W.C. Handy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nat D. Williams (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rufus Thomas, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Universal Life Insurance Building/Universal Life Insurance Company (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Memphis.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
Robert Church Park image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
3. Robert Church Park
Marker is to the left of the entrance to the park.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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