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Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

People's Grocery

 
 
People's Grocery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
1. People's Grocery Marker
Inscription. Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell, and Will Stewart, all African-Americans and co-owners of People's Grocery (located at this site), were arrested in connection with a disturbance near their store. Rather than being brought to trial, they were lynched on March 9, 1892. Moss' dying words were, "Tell my people to go west--there is no justice for them here." This lynching prompted Ida B. Wells, editor of Memphis Free Speech, to begin her anti-lynching campaign in this country and abroad.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 106.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 35° 7.163′ N, 90° 2.316′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Mississippi Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1026 Mississippi Boulevard, Memphis TN 38126, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Congregational Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Benjamin Albert Imes (about 700 feet away); Hollis Freeman Price, Sr.
Location of former People's Grocery. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
2. Location of former People's Grocery.
(about 700 feet away); Edward Shaw (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Joseph Edison Walker (approx. 0.2 miles away); The University of West Tennessee (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stax Recording Studios (approx. half a mile away); Forrest's Artillery Positions (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the People's Grocery. (Submitted on April 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Historic Memphis on the People's Grocery. (Submitted on April 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsNotable Events
 
The view north on Mississippi Boulevard. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2018
3. The view north on Mississippi Boulevard.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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