“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Beale Street #1

Beale Street #1 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
1. Beale Street #1 Marker
392 Beale Avenue
"There were two types of culture, I guess you could say, on Beale Street. There were the sinners and there were the saved. You had your professional people, your doctors and business folk. Then you had those who worked to have some night life."
Rev. James Jordan

"Well, old Beale Street. Just like Broadway. That's what it was! Broadway in miniature. All the entertainment and everything to eat. All the sharp men, pretty girls. The works! It was right here!"
Andrew Chaplin Jr.

You're standing on the street where W.C. Handy wrote the first published blues; where Robert R. Church Sr., the South's first Black millionaire, made his mark; where General Ulysses S. Grant had a Civil War headquarters and where he returned years later to speak as President; where President Dwight Eisenhower visited; where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched; where B.B. King and Elvis Presley got their start. As you walk down Beale Street you'll find illustrated panels like this one that tell a story of Beale in its heyday from the 1890s through 1960s. They feature the words and images of people who knew the street first- hand and who helped create the legend that was Beale.

These panels were developed by the Center for Southern Folklore

Beale Street #1 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
2. Beale Street #1 Marker
with generous support from Holiday Corporation, the L.J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Humanities.
Location. 35° 8.4′ N, 90° 3.229′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Beale Street. Touch for map. Marker is locate on Beale Street. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beale Street #2 (here, next to this marker); Lansky Brothers (a few steps from this marker); Schools For Freedmen (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beale Street #3 (about 300 feet away); Beale Street #4 (about 300 feet away); Hooks Brothers Photography (about 400 feet away); The Blues Trail From Mississippi to Memphis (about 700 feet away); Beale Street Historic District (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Categories. Notable Places
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 99 times since then and 46 times this year. 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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