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Beale Street #3

 
 
Beale Street #3 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
1. Beale Street #3 Marker
Inscription.
During the great wave of immigration around the turn of the century, Jews, Italians, Greeks and Chinese came to Beale Street to pursue their fortunes. They established pawnshops, clothing stores, restaurants, produce stands, theaters, and clubs that, after 1920, served a predomintely Black clientele. Customers from the city and surrounding rural areas crowded Beale's sidewalks till you had to walk in the street to pass by.

"What store hours? We never had store hours. When we were here, we were here." Bernard Lansky

"My daddy had a shop right there by the market where Handy Park is now. All the truck farmers use to come here with their vegetables and sell their produce. They'd line up in their stalls, four or five hundred people every morning trading their vegetables."
Frank Liberto Sr.

"When he came to this country in 1890, my father peddled. He didn't have anywhere to sleep. He'd look at these little homes with lawns and green grass and say, 'I just pray that someday I'll have a home like that.' He was trying to get established. He opened a produce place right there on Beale and Mulberry."
Mrs. Nello Pacini

Center for Southern Forklore
 
Location. 35° 8.386′ 

Beale Street #3 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
2. Beale Street #3 Marker
N, 90° 3.165′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Beale Street. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Kings Palace Cafe on Beale Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 138 Beale St, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beale Street #4 (a few steps from this marker); Hooks Brothers Photography (within shouting distance of this marker); Lansky Brothers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beale Street #1 (about 300 feet away); Beale Street #2 (about 300 feet away); Beale Street Historic District (about 400 feet away); The Blues Trail From Mississippi to Memphis (about 500 feet away); Ida B. Wells (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 28, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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