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T. H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home

 
 
T. H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, September 24, 2015
1. T. H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home Marker
Inscription. Founded in 1902 by Thomas H. Hayes, Sr., T.H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home is Memphis' oldest black business. Originally on Poplar, the business moved to Lauderdale in 1918. Hayes was active in the National Negro Business League founded by Booker T. Washington. In 1933, he was a co-founder of Union Protective Life Insurance Co. A son, Thomas, Jr., owned the Birmingham Black Barons, of which Willie Mays was a member. Taylor, another son, was president of the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association. (Marker Number 4E 127.)
 
Location. 35° 7.733′ N, 90° 2.66′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Lauderdale and Mississippi Boulevard, on the right on Lauderdale. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38126, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Baptist Church, Lauderdale (a few steps from this marker); Booker T. Washington High School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lucie Eddie Campbell (about 500 feet away); The Mount Nebo Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Owen College (approx.
T. H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, September 24, 2015
2. T. H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home Marker
half a mile away); R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home (approx. half a mile away); First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church (approx. half a mile away); Universal Life Insurance Building/Universal Life Insurance Company (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
More about this marker. In July of 2011, T. H. Hayes Funeral Home was demolished despite efforts of conservationists to save it. The site is now a vacant lot.
 
Also see . . .  Crews Demolish Hayes Funeral Home — Oldest African-American Business in Memphis. (Submitted on September 25, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & Commerce
 
T. H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home Marker and former site, now vacant image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, September 24, 2015
3. T. H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home Marker and former site, now vacant
Stained Glass Window from the T. H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, April 23, 2015
4. Stained Glass Window from the T. H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home
Now in the collections of The Memphis Pink Palace Museum www.memphismuseums.org.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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