Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Gen. James M. Kennedy Hospital
Erected 1989 by Shelby County Historical Commission and Memphis State University.
Location. 35° 6.328′ N, 89° 55.8′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Getwell Road 0.1 miles south of Park. Touch for map. Located off of Getwell road south of Park Ave on the grounds of the University of Memphis South Campus. Marker is at or near this postal address: University of Memphis - Park Avenue Campus Memphis, Memphis TN 38111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Normal Station Neighborhood (approx. 0.7 miles away); William G. Leftwich, Jr. Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Normal Depot (approx. 0.9 miles away); J. Millard "Jack" Smith (approx. 0.9 miles away); Tom (approx. one mile away); This flagpole is dedicated to the men and women of the United States military services (approx. one mile away); Memphis State Eight (approx. one mile away); Second Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Normal Depot was where the wounded soldiers were brought to bring to the Kennedy Hospital.
Also see . . . Get Well. The story of the building of Kennedy Hospital (Submitted on June 24, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
2. Normal Depot Marker
Also see . . . Blueprints of the original Normal Station. From the site: Historic Memphis West Tennessee State Normal College ... and then there was West Tennessee State Teacher's College, Memphis State College, Memphis State University, and University of Memphis http://historic-memphis.com/memphis-historic/normal-school/normal-school.html (Submitted on June 4, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
The site of the Normal Depot is now on the campus of the University of Memphis. The Kennedy Veterans hospital referred to on the Historic Marker was on what is now the south campus of the University of Memphis.
In 1943, the US Army opened a 3,000 bed veteran's hospital in Memphis at the corner of Park Avenue and Shotwell Road. The new Kennedy Hospital's address would be on Shotwell, prompting Mrs. M.E. Brown of Marvell Arkansas to write to the Memphis Press-Scimitar claiming the name of the street would not be appropriate for wounded soldiers returning home.
County officials, despite facing some opposition from local residents, decided to change the name of the road to Getwell to help improve the morale of the hospital's patients. The former site of Kennedy Hospital is now occupied by the University of Memphis, student housing, sports complexes, and WKNO.
Memphis Moments is co-produced by the Pink Palace Family of Museums (http://www.memphismuseums.org) and WKNO-FM, and airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays during All Things Considered on the WKNO Stations.
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— Submitted June 24, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.
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