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Church Park Auditorium

 
 
Church Park Auditorium Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, August 16, 2017
1. Church Park Auditorium Marker
Inscription. Established in 1899, Church's park and auditorium was the only such facility in the United States owned entirely by a black man and conducted in the interest of black people.

Standard admission to the auditorium was 15 seating capacity was 2200, and Robert Church took a personal hand in management of the facility. Overflow crowds came to see such leading entertainers and politicians as W.C. Handy the Black Patti Troubadours, and the Whitney Musical Company as well as Dr. Booker T. Washington, President Theodore Roosevelt, and early leaders of the Lincoln Republican League and the NAACP.

The gateway overhead is reminiscent of the auditorium. The large lawn area to the south is circumscribed by eight columns. Here one may gain a sense of the grand scale and setting of the original auditorium.
 
Location. 35° 8.338′ N, 90° 2.889′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Beale Street 0.1 miles east of 4th Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 391 Beale Street, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Plaque is Dedicated to Father and Son, Leaders of Their Race (a few steps from this marker); Solvent Savings Bank
Church Park Auditorium Marker With park Gate image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, August 16, 2017
2. Church Park Auditorium Marker With park Gate
(within shouting distance of this marker); Sara Roberta Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Church Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Church Terrell (within shouting distance of this marker); Phi Beta Sigma/Abram Langston Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); The Memphis Home of W.C. Handy (within shouting distance of this marker); Nat D. Williams (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Robert R. Church Park. (Submitted on August 23, 2017, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
2. Church Park Auditorium. (Submitted on August 25, 2017, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCivil Rights
 
Church Park Auditorium Marker With lawn image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, August 16, 2017
3. Church Park Auditorium Marker With lawn
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2017, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 87 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 23, 2017, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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