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

Overton Square

1969

 

— Birth of the Square —

 
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By Steve Masler, April 21, 2018
1. Overton Square Marker
Inscription.  East Side
in 1969, Overton Square's founders--James D. Robinson, Jr., Ben Woodson, Charles H. Hull, Jr., and Frank Doggrell, III- developed T.G.I Friday's which became the first establishment in the city to sell alcohol by the drink.

The restaurant became an overwhelming success and evolved into over 20 restaurants, shops, an ice skating rink, and season celebrations. Memphians flocked to the area for entertainment in the heart of midtown.

South Side
In 2012 the Square's revitalization brought an historic Memphis neighborhood back from the brink. The new Overton square Performing Arts District celebrates our community Success. Learn more at OvertonSquare.com
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 35° 8.186′ N, 89° 59.401′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Cooper, on the right when traveling east on Madison Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Griffin House (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the former Union Avenue United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hutchison School
Overton Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, April 21, 2018
2. Overton Square Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Crump Home (approx. half a mile away); First Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); The Lindenwood Christian Church (approx. half a mile away); The Overton Park Shell/The Levitt Shell At Overton Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Idlewild Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Overton Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, April 21, 2018
3. Overton Square Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2018, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 22, 2018, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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