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The 1969 Miss Memphis Review

 
 
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By Steve Masler, January 9, 2020
1. The 1969 Miss Memphis Review Marker
Inscription.  To protest a city ordinance that banned cross dressing, members of the gay community organized a public drag pageant on October 31, 1969. They named the event the Miss Memphis Review. With a wide array of Memphis residents appearing publicly in Halloween costumes, this was the only day of the year when the crossdressing ordinance was not enforced. The first review took place at this site, then known as the Guild Art Theatre. The Guild's format was primarily foreign and art films. Bill Kendall, its flamboyant, longtime manager, fought repeatedly with the Memphis Board of Censors as films shown at the Guild became more daring and controversial. The first pageant was held without incident. Its organizers considered it a turning point in the decrease of harassment of gay men and lesbians in Memphis. The event later became the Miss Gay Memphis Pageant.
 
Erected 2019 by Vincent Astor, Mark Jones, The Theater Board and the Shelby County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 35° 8.563′ N, 90° 0.227′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee
The 1969 Miss Memphis Review Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, January 9, 2020
2. The 1969 Miss Memphis Review Marker
, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Poplar Avenue (U.S. 72) and North Belvedere Boulevard, on the right when traveling east on Poplar Avenue. The marker is on the east side of the Theaterworks at The Evergreen building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1705 Poplar Avenue, 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. Bettis Family Cemetery (approx. mile away); The Overton Park Shell/The Levitt Shell At Overton Park (approx. half a mile away); Memphis Belle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hutchison School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Central Gardens Historic District (approx. mile away); First Congregational Church (was approx. mile away but has been reported missing. ); Kuni Wada Bakery Remembrance (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Vincent Astor Collection. (Submitted on January 10, 2020, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
2. Historic Marker Unveiling Commemorates First Public Drag Pageant in Memphis. (Submitted on January 10, 2020, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
 
Additional keywords. LGBT; LGBTQ; drag shows
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicCivil RightsEntertainment
 
The 1969 Miss Memphis Review Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, January 9, 2020
3. The 1969 Miss Memphis Review Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2020, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 10, 2020, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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