Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
In 1870, Edward Shaw became the first Memphis black to run for U.S. Congress. Though he did not win, he was active in politics, serving on the County Commission, the City Council, and as Wharfmaster in the 1870s. In 1875, Shaw was editor of a black newspaper, The Memphis Planet, and, in 1880, he escorted General U.S. Grant, who was in Memphis to visit Beale Street Baptist Church and LeMoyne-Normal Institute.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 101.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 35° 7.159′ N, 90° 2.15′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Dr Hollis F Price Street and Walker Ave., on the right when traveling north on Dr Hollis F Price Street. Touch for map. On the campus of LeMoyne Owen College. Marker is at or near this postal address: 775 Walker Avenue, Memphis TN 38126, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hollis Freeman Price, Sr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Congregational Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Albert Imes People's Grocery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Joseph Edison Walker (approx. 0.2 miles away); The University of West Tennessee (approx. ¼ mile away); Stax Recording Studios (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elmwood Cemetery (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Categories. • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on August 10, 2018, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.