Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Erected 2011 by The University of Memphis and the Shelby County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Railroads & Streetcars • War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is September 10, 1912.
Location. 35° 6.981′ N, 89° 56.302′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Walker Ave., on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3720 Walker Ave, Memphis TN 38152, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are J. Millard "Jack" Smith (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tom (about 500 feet away); This flagpole is dedicated to the men and women of the United States military services (approx. 0.2 miles away); Memphis State Eight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Normal Station Neighborhood (approx. 0.2 miles away); The University of Memphis (approx. half a mile away); Second Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gen. James M. Kennedy Hospital (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
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
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.
Used with the permission of the Memphis Pink Palace Museum
— Submitted June 4, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.
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