“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)

Christian Brothers High School / Christian Brothers Band

Christian Brothers High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By John Morris, September 13, 2012
1. Christian Brothers High School Marker
Inscription. (obverse)
Christian Brothers High School
Christian Brothers High School, the oldest high school for boys in Memphis, opened November 21, 1871 as the secondary department of Christian Brothers College at 612 Adams Avenue. CBC was established by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Roman Catholic religious teaching order founded in 1681 in France. The school survived three yellow fever epidemics of the 1870s. Alumnus Malcolm Rice Patterson was the first native Memphian elected governor of Tennessee, serving from 1902 to 1911. In 1940 CBC moved to 650 East Parkway South. In 1948, Mayor Watkins Overton saluted CBC as a "Temple of Tolerance," welcoming Catholic, Jewish and Protestant students. The first African-American student, Jesse Hosea Turner, Jr., was admitted in 1962. He enrolled in 1963, yielding the first racially diverse high school student body in Memphis. The high school moved to 5900 Walnut Grove Road in 1965 under separate charter from the college.

Christian Brothers Band
The Christian Brothers Band of Memphis is the oldest high school band in America. Br. Maurelian organized the band in 1872 and served as its first director. The band has performed for many important functions over the years, including the 1876 dedication of the Hebe Fountain in Court Square; a visit by President Grover Cleveland in 1887; aboard steamboat Kate Adams for dedication of the first railroad bridge across the lower Mississippi in 1892, a 1900 parade honoring Admiral George Dewey; so many Cotton Carnival parades that the band was recognized as the official band of that civic endeavor; the dedication of St. Jude Children's Hospital in 1962; a 1967 rally for Richard Nixon, who later was elected President; and concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center during 2009. Prominent band alumni include Sun Records recording artist, arranger, and film composer Bill Justis.
Erected 2012 by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 169.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 35° 7.864′ N, 89° 51.793′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Walnut Grove Road and Briarview Street, on the right when traveling west on Walnut Grove Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5900 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis TN 38120, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crystal Shrine Grotto (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mullins United Methodist Church (approx. 2 miles away); St. Agnes Academy (approx. 2.1 miles away); Shelby County / Memphis (approx. 2.1 miles away); Memphis University School (approx. 2.2 miles away); First Holiday Inn (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Lynching of Ell Persons (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Lynching of Ell Persons (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Also see . . .  Christian Brothers High School. (Submitted on January 20, 2013.)
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