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Ernest C. Withers House

 
 
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By Steve Masler, February 27, 2018
1. Ernest C. Withers House Marker
Inscription.  Ernest C. Withers (1922-2007) began his career as a photographer in the U. S. Army during World War II. Upon leaving the military, he opened a commercial photography studio and worked as a freelance photojournalist for Black newspapers and magazines such as Ebony and Jet, as well as Newsweek and Time. He photographed Negro Baseball League members including Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Larry Doby, and Jackie Robinson. In 1955, Withers documented the trial of the two white men, J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, accused in the murder of Emmett Till. In 1957 he photographed the nine Black students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Occasionally Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attended some of the events he covered. He took pictures of Memphis' famed Beale Street musicians, Rufus Thomas, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley. His work also captured the more ordinary life of Black Memphians.
 
Erected 2018 by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 180.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
Ernest C. Withers House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, February 27, 2018
2. Ernest C. Withers House Marker
Arts, Letters, MusicCivil RightsCommunications. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 35° 3.83′ N, 90° 4.797′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on West Brooks Road 0 miles from Ford Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 480 West Brooks Road, Memphis TN 38109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elvis Aaron Presley (approx. 3.3 miles away); Graceland (approx. 3.3 miles away); Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios (approx. 3.9 miles away); Birthplace of Aretha Franklin (approx. 3.9 miles away); Forrest's Artillery Positions (approx. 4.2 miles away); Calvary Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Robert Karriem (approx. 4.3 miles away); Mason Temple (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Ernest C. Withers House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, February 27, 2018
3. Ernest C. Withers House Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2018, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 344 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 2, 2018, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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