“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)

Memphis Martyrs

Memphis Martyrs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas S Parker, April 29, 2008
1. Memphis Martyrs Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  In August, 1878, fear of death caused a panic during which 30,000 of 50,000 Memphians fled this bluff city. By October, the epidemic of yellow fever killed 4,204 of 6,000 Caucasians and 946 of 14,000 Negros who stayed. With some outside help, citizens of all races and walks of life, recognizing their common plight in this devastated, bankrupt community, tended 17,600 sick and buried the dead. As a result many of them lost their lives, becoming martyrs in their service to mankind.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 63.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 35° 7.71′ N, 90° 4.224′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Channel 3 Drive. Touch for map. Located in Martyrs Park off Channel 3 Drive. Channel 3 Drive intersects Riverside Drive just North of the Interstate 55, Riverside Drive Interchange. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Memphis Martyrs Monument image. Click for full size.
By Thomas S Parker, April 29, 2008
2. Memphis Martyrs Monument
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tom Lee Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of First Memphis Telephone (approx. 0.6 miles away); Modern Movie~Making In Memphis (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tom Lee Memorial (approx. mile away); The Blues Foundation (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Lorraine Motel (approx. 0.8 miles away); 1866 Memphis Massacre (approx. 0.8 miles away); WLOK Radio Station (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Also see . . .  The Great Fever Epidemic of 1878. From American Experience. Of note, one positive lasting effect of this great epidemic was the establishment of a National Board of Health in 1879. (Submitted on May 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Disasters
Credits. This page was last revised on April 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2008, by Thomas S Parker of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 3,429 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2008, by Thomas S Parker of Memphis, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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