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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Memphis, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Shelby County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Shelby County, TN (460) Fayette County, TN (18) Tipton County, TN (31) Crittenden County, AR (13) Mississippi County, AR (42) DeSoto County, MS (21) Marshall County, MS (28)  ShelbyCounty(460) Shelby County (460)  FayetteCounty(18) Fayette County (18)  TiptonCounty(31) Tipton County (31)  CrittendenCountyArkansas(13) Crittenden County (13)  MississippiCounty(42) Mississippi County (42)  DeSotoCountyMississippi(21) DeSoto County (21)  MarshallCounty(28) Marshall County (28)
Memphis is the county seat for Shelby County
Memphis is in Shelby County
      Shelby County (460)  
      Fayette County (18)  
      Tipton County (31)  
      Crittenden County, Arkansas (13)  
      Mississippi County, Arkansas (42)  
      DeSoto County, Mississippi (21)  
      Marshall County, Mississippi (28)  
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1Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 128 Court Street
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m74802) HM
2Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 1862 Post Office
On June 6, 1862 Memphis surrendered to Federal gunboats. The only resistance by citizens occurred here as a shot was fired at the soldiers hoisting the U.S. flag over the post office.Map (db m84464) HM
3Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 1866 Memphis Massacre
On May 1, 2 and 3, 1866, mobs of white men led by law enforcement attacked black people in the areas near South St. (aka Calhoun & G.E. Patterson). By the end of the attack, the mobs had killed an estimated 46 black people; raped several . . . Map (db m117114) HM
4Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Alma H. Law1875-1947
Running on the ballot as "A. Law" to disguise her gender, Alma Law won election in 1929 as a magistrate and member of the Shelby County Quarterly Courts by a vote of 990 to 45. The first woman to be elected the county's history, she was later . . . Map (db m204480) HM
5Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 38 — American Cutoff Mile/Greenville, Mississippi/Tarpley CutoffPanel #38 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) American Cutoff Mile Mile 526.5 AHP In the flood of 1858, the Mississippi cut through the neck of American Bend, and the abandoned river bed was renamed Lake Lee. The first steamboat to try to navigate the American Cutoff was the . . . Map (db m115525) HM
6Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — American Studios / Elvis Presley at American Studios
American Studios American Studios, a cornerstone of the explosive Memphis music industry in the 1960s, stood on this site. Opened in 1962, American featured record producer Chips Moman and musicians known as The 827 Thomas Štreet Band, later . . . Map (db m148621) HM
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7Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 92 — Annesdale Park Subdivision
Developed as an exclusive neighborhood in 1903 by Brinkley Snowden and T. O. Vinton, Annesdale Park was the first subdivision in the South planned upon metropolitan lines. It was considered an important display of confidence in the city's future. . . . Map (db m83793) HM
8Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 15 — Architectural Innovation
The Cotton Growers Association Building, built in 1936, was used for years in advertisements for the Portland Cement Association as an example of the outstanding designs that could be achieved with concrete construction.Map (db m148957) HM
9Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Arkansas & White Rivers
The Mississippi’s southernmost major tributary, the Arkansas, is born from melting snow on the eastern slopes of the Continental Divide near Leadville, Colorado. Its 1,450-mile course drains 160,500 square miles in five states. Despite dramatic . . . Map (db m115008) HM
10Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Artesian Water
In 1887 the Bohlen-Huse Ice Co. struck, at a depth of 354 feet, artesian water of such purity and abundance it immediately became the city supply, one of the country's finest. In 1903 the wells became municipally owned.Map (db m148964) HM
11Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 39 — Ashbrook Cutoff/Eunice Landing, Arkansas/Arkansas City, ArkansasPanel #39 Mississippi Riverwalkk
A) Ashbrook Cutoff Mile 549.0 AHP Rowdy Bend was the first of four consecutive loops, in this stretch of the river that pilots called the “Greenville Bends.” Rowdy Bend kept getting longer despite efforts to stabilize it, and . . . Map (db m115526) HM
12Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — A-3 — Barboro Grocery
Italian immigrant Anthony Sebastian Barboro operated a wholesale grocery in this building in the late 1800s. His company was still in business in 2003.Map (db m148962) HM
13Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 67 — Baseball
Baseball came to Memphis in 1885, but didn't last long because city law prevented games from being played on Sundays. Scores were transmitted to local cigar stores and hotel lobbies by telegraph.Map (db m148915) HM
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14Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 17 — Baton Rouge, LouisianaPanel #17 Mississippi Riverwalk — Mile 228.4 AHP —
Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana... going navigation on the Mississippi River. ...gas fields in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma... a major processing and transportation... industry. The French built the first fort here in 1819. They . . . Map (db m114996) HM
15Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Beale Street #1
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 . . . Map (db m107601) HM
16Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Beale Street #2
First there was a slope of woodland that met the Mississippi River. Chickasaw Indians hunted there until the early 19th century. Then there was Beale Street. It began as the main road of South Memphis and by 1850, when that separate town was . . . Map (db m108221) HM
17Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Beale Street #3
During the great wave of immigration around the turn of the century, Jews, Italians, Greeks and Chinese came to Beale Street to pursue their fortunes. They established pawnshops, clothing stores, restaurants, produce stands, . . . Map (db m107598) HM
18Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Beale Street #4
"Saturday night was the fabulous night on Beale street. Our parents kept the store opened late. We were children; we used to sit on little chairs outside the store and watch. If we got sleepy, they would put us to sleep on a rack of . . . Map (db m107596) HM
19Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Beale Street Baptist Church
Founded in the late 1840s by Rev. Morris Henderson and four other blacks, Beale Street Baptist Church is the oldest, continuous Negro congregation in Memphis. Withdrawing from the First Baptist Church, the founders and others met in an old . . . Map (db m148899) HM
20Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Beale Street Historic District
Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark. Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States. U.S. . . . Map (db m47904) HM
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21Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 6 — Belle Chasse, Louisiana/English Turn Bend/Caernarvon Crevasse/Poydras CrevassePanel #6 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Belle Chasse, Louisiana Mile 75.9 AHP Belle Chasse Plantation was the home of Judah P. Benjamin, often called “the brains of the Confederate government.” He served as Attorney General Secretary of War and Secretary of . . . Map (db m114921) HM
22Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 100 — Benjamin Albert Imes
Described as the best-educated minister in all of Memphis in 1880 was a black man, the Rev. Benjamin A. Imes, who was a noted city leader. Imes held two degrees from Oberlin College and was involved with an influential group that pushed for the . . . Map (db m84445) HM
23Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 126 — Benjamin Franklin Booth1858–1941
Benjamin F. Booth was one of Memphis' earliest and most distinguished African-American lawyers. Starting in 1886, he practiced law for more than 54 years. In 1905, he challenged Tennessee's law authorizing the segregation of black and white . . . Map (db m162725) HM
24Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Bettis Family Cemetery
Here was the farm of the Tillman Bettis family on the Memphis bluff after the 1818 treaty, even before the town was laid off. Mary Bettis was the first child born in the new settlement.Map (db m83844) HM
25Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Birthplace of Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin was born in this house on March 25, 1942, to Baptist Bishop C.L. and Barbara Franklin. Ms. Franklin is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She began her career as a child singing gospel at her father's church, New Salem . . . Map (db m106487) HM
26Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 142 — Bishop Charles Harrison Mason1862~1961
Bishop C.H. Mason founded the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in the late 1890s. Born a slave near Bartlett, Tennessee, Mason served as Senior Bishop of the denomination from 1907 until his death in 1961. By the time of his death, COGIC had become . . . Map (db m89000) HM
27Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 129 — Blair T. Hunt, Sr. / Blair T. Hunt, Jr.
Blair T. Hunt, Sr. Blair T. Hunt, Sr., was an African-American born into slavery in Huntsville, Alabama. As a youth, he came to Memphis with his owners, the Hunt family, and lived in the Hunt-Phelan House. After emancipation, he married . . . Map (db m178699) HM
28Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 10 — Bonnet Carre Spillway/Lake PontchartrainPanel #10 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Bonnet Carre Spillway Mile 128.0 AHP Completed in 1935, the Bonnet Carre Spillway protects New Orleans, LA and the levees around it by diverting flood waters into Lake Pontchartrain. The one and a half mile long concrete structure . . . Map (db m114925) HM
29Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 111 — Booker T. Washington High School
From a two-room, two-teacher structure known as Clay Street School, Booker T. Washington High School evolved as the first public high school for black students in Memphis. About 1911, the school was relocated to an abandoned building on Webster . . . Map (db m89014) HM
30Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Bridgewater School
Bridgewater School, formerly on this site, was founded in 1911 and exited continuously at this site until 1960. In 1921, with help from the community, the Shelby County school board, and the Rosenwald Fund, the Rosenwald school concept was . . . Map (db m118471) HM
31Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 18 — Brodnax Jewelers
Brodnax Jewelers, the original occupant of the Brodnax Building, at one time sold more Rolex watches than any other retailer in the world. When this building was built in 1916 as their headquarters, their mail-order business claimed to sell more . . . Map (db m148949) HM
32Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 99 — Burkle Estate
In the years immediately preceding the Civil War, Jacob Burkle operated the Memphis Stockyards on this site. Herdsmen seeking shelter and respite at Chelsea House found the stockyards a convenient custody station for their livestock. Folklore . . . Map (db m148611) HM
33Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 17 — Business Men's Club
The "B-M-C" over the door of this 1910 building stood for the Business Men's Club, which became the Chamber of Commerce in 1913.Map (db m148948) HM
34Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 65 — Cairo, IllinoisPanel #65 Mississippi Riverwalk — Mile 954.0 AHP —
Cairo's position at the confluence of the Upper Mississippi and Ohio made it an important river and rail junction in the steamboat era. Changes in America's shipping patterns reduced its role in the 20th Century but it remains an active port and . . . Map (db m114728) HM
35Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Calvary Cemetery
Consecrated in 1867 to serve the booming populations of the Catholic Irish, Germans and Italians, Calvary became the second Catholic Cemetery in Shelby County. Msgr. Martin Riordan, V.G., of St. Patrick Parish, was a leading proponent and advocate . . . Map (db m19032) HM
36Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church
The oldest public building in Memphis and the first Episcopal Church in Shelby County. Organized August 6, 1832 by the Reverend Thomas Wright. The church house started 1838 was consecrated May 12, 1844 by the Right Reverend James Hervey Otey, first . . . Map (db m32515) HM
37Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Campbell ClinicOrthopaedics — 869 Madison Ave. 1920-1997 —
The Willis C. Campbell Clinic opened at this site on December 26, 1920. Originating as a one-story building, it housed a waiting room, business office, eight examining rooms, the physical therapy department, and a brace shop. Several years later, . . . Map (db m136490) HM
38Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Capt. J. Harvey Mathes37th. Tenn. C.S.A.
Capt. J. Harvey Mathes 37th. Tenn. C.S.A.Map (db m51442) HM
39Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Captain Kit Dalton1843 - 1920
He fought for the Confederacy and with Quantrell's Raiders. After the war he rode with Jesse and Frank James and Cole Younger. Over 100 years ago a $50,000 reward was offered for him dead or alive. Since they could not capture him, he was later . . . Map (db m84572) HM
40Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 33 — Casey Jones
From a station located on this site the night of Apr. 29. 1900, John Luther Jones, replacing the regularly detailed engineer, took out engine 382, pulling the Illinois Central “Cannonball.” Driving into a blocked switch at Vaughn, Miss., . . . Map (db m6862) HM
41Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Central Gardens Historic District
By 1900, Memphis's growth had pushed the city limits east of the district's 511 acres, originally settled in 1830 by Solomon Rozelle. With its convenient access to downtown via the new trolley lines, Central Gardens underwent intensive . . . Map (db m87367) HM
42Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Charl Ormond Williams1885-1969
Charl Ormand Williams, an Arlington native, began teaching in a one-room school house in Shelby County when she was sixteen. She followed her sister, Mabel C. Williams, as Superintendent of Public Instruction for Shelby County, serving in that . . . Map (db m204746) HM
43Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 145 — Chew C. Sawyer1918-1973
Chew C. Sawyer was a mid-twentieth century African-American entrepreneur. He founded Sawyer Realty Company, which later became Cornette Realty; Arnette Construction Company; Future Insurance Agency; and Sawyer Rental Agency. In 1956, Sawyer founded . . . Map (db m86448) HM
44Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Chickasaw Trail
The main trail of the Chickasaws from their towns in Pontotoc, Miss., here reached the Bayou Gayoso after following roughly the line of Highway 78, Lamar Boulevard, and Marshall Street.Map (db m63286) HM
45Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Chop Suey Café / Chinese Merchants on Beale Street
Chop Suey Café Chop Suey is actually an American dish created by early Chinese immigrants in the 1800s for gold miners in California. It is a stir-fried mixture of vegetables and meat in a starchy soy sauce served over rice. An instant success, . . . Map (db m147552) HM
46Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Christian Brothers College
At this site, on November 17, 1871, the Christian Brothers purchased what was the Memphis Female College. Brother Maurelian, who served as the first president of Christian Brothers College, along with three other Brothers and one layman, opened . . . Map (db m148989) HM
47Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 169 — Christian Brothers High School / Christian Brothers Band
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 . . . Map (db m63274) HM
48Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 67 — Church Park
At this location Church Park and Auditorium was established in 1899 by Robert R. Church Sr., a Memphis business man and former slave, to provide recreational facilities for members of his race who had no other place to meet. Many famous Americans, . . . Map (db m82845) HM
49Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Church Park Auditorium
Established in 1899, Church's park and auditorium was the only such facility in the United States owned entirely by a black man and conducted in the interest of black people. Standard admission to the auditorium was 15¢ seating capacity was 2200, . . . Map (db m107386) HM
50Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Civil War Capitol
After the fall of Nashville Governor Isham Harris convened the Tennessee Legislature on this site February 20-March 20, 1862. The state archives were also stored here.Map (db m116300) HM
51Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 2 — Civil War Hospital
The Woolen Building was built with bricks made on-site in the 1840s. Federal troops later used its basement as a hospital during the Civil War. It is the oldest commercial building in Memphis.Map (db m116721) HM
52Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Civil War in TennesseeMemphis during the War
In 1860, Memphis had Tennessee's largest cotton and slave markets and was a strategic Mississippi River gateway. The naval battle of Memphis in June 1862 took place as thousands of residents watched nine Union vessels defeat eight Confederate ships. . . . Map (db m55313) HM
53Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 15 — Claiborne Landing / Carville, Louisiana / Belle GrovePanel #15
A.Claiborne Landing Mile 188.3 AHP This was the plantation home of William C.C. Claiborne. At the age of 21, Claiborne helped write a constitution for the new state of Tennessee and five years later President Jefferson appointed him . . . Map (db m114995) HM
54Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Clarence Saunders' "Pink Palace"
Clarence Saunders, whose self-service groceries were followed by modern supermarkets, started construction of this building for his home in 1922. It was incomplete when he lost an epic Stock Exchange battle. Developers who bought the grounds gave . . . Map (db m74831) HM
55Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Clayborn Temple
This building. designed by architects Long & Kees with E. C. Jones supervising, was dedicated to the worship of God on Jan. 1, 1893. It was the second home of Second Presbyterian Church (organized Dec. 28, 1844) until sold to the AME Church in . . . Map (db m148963) HM
56Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Cobblestone Landing
There were several boat landings in this general area during the nineteenth century. An 1827 drawing shows a public landing approximately on-half mile north of this spot, but changes in the "batture" or built-up bank caused by the river moved the . . . Map (db m88262) HM
57Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 1 — Cobblestones
The Cobblestones that line the river landing once stretched all the way to Front Street, from Beale Street north to Court Avenue. The cobblestones were installed between 1859-1881 and are still intact underneath the pavement on Union Avenue.Map (db m148901) HM
58Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 108 — Collins Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
A “Daughter” of Wesley Chapel (later, the First United Methodist Church), Collins Chapel was organized in 1841 and purchased this site in 1859. Names for its first pastor, J. T. C. Collins, it predates the formation of the CME . . . Map (db m63368) HM
59Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 66 — Commercial Barge TrafficPanel # 66
Barges first appeared on the Mississippi River after the U. S. Civil War, as river interest tried to compete with the railroads’ growing domination. The railroads won this transportation duel and tows practically disappeared from the river until WWI . . . Map (db m115159) HM
60Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Confederate History of Memphis
This bluff was fortified by Gen. Pillow May 1862. Thirty seven companies were equipped here for the Confederate service. The Confederate Ram, Arkansas, one of the first ironclad battleships in the Navy, was built and partially armored here, but . . . Map (db m82848) HM
61Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Confederate ParkReunions and Memorials
Opened in 1906 as part of the Memphis Park and Parkway System, Confederate Park commemorates the Battle of Memphis. When Confederate forces retreated to Mississippi after the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862, unfortified Memphis became vulnerable to . . . Map (db m82849) HM
62Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Confederate Soldiers Rest
Confederate Soldiers Rest is located in the Fowler Section of Historic Elmwood Cemetery. Over 1000 Confederate Soldiers and Veterans are buried here. An article in The Memphis Daily Appeal on 27 June 1861 stated that this plot was dedicated to the . . . Map (db m51628) HM
63Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Confederate States of America
When Southern states seceded from the Union in 1861, the Mississippi River became not only a vital commercial waterway, but also a strategic route through the heart of the Confederacy. The river proved to be the South's greatest weakness. At the . . . Map (db m82850) HM
64Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Congregation B'Nai Israel(Children of Israel) — First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in Tennessee —
Jews have been part of Tennessee’s economic, social and political life since the late 18th century. Congregation Children of Israel, chartered by the State of Tennessee, March 2, 1854, rented and eventually purchased a building near this site at . . . Map (db m84648) HM
65Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4 — Cotton Exchange Building
The Memphis Cotton Exchange, was first organized in 1873 and is still operating today, though cotton trading is now done by computers. In the early 1950s a seat on the Exchange could cost a new member $17,000. Memphis was the largest spot cotton . . . Map (db m116725) HM
66Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 49 — Court Square Saved
Court Square was almost sold to developers in the 1870s to pay back debts incurred in the yellow fever epidemics. It was almost sold again in the early 1900s for a skyscraper, and still again in the 1940s for parking.Map (db m148966) HM
67Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Crump Home
Edward Hull Crump, Memphis political leader for half a century, constructed this residence for his family and himself in 1909. The landscaping was his constant pride until his death here on October 16, 1954.Map (db m149033) HM
68Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Crystal Shrine Grotto
A unique cave was constructed by Memoral Park founder E. Clovis Hinds and Mexican artist Dioñicio Rodriguez in 1935-38. Natural rock and quartz crystal collected from the Ozarks form the background for nine scenes from the life of Christ. The cave . . . Map (db m88312) HM
69Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 42 — D.T. Porter Building
The D.T. Porter Building was Memphis’ first skyscraper and the tallest building south of St. Louis when completed in 1895. Some city officials believed a building that tall would blow over in a strong wind. Visitors paid 10 cents to ride one of the . . . Map (db m148974) HM
70Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 183 — Danny Thomas1912 - 1991
Thanks to entertainer Danny Thomas, who founded St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital in Memphis, this road bears the name Beale Street. Created as an avenue in 1841, locals began calling it Beale Street after the African-American blues legend W.C. . . . Map (db m154265) HM
71Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 30 — Davis Island, Mississippi/Kents IslandPanel #30 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Davis Island, Mississippi Mile 415.0 AHP A large bend once curved around this land which the first settlers name Palmyra. Jefferson Davis established his Briercliffe Plantation here in 1835, next to his brother Joseph’s Hurricane . . . Map (db m115167) HM
72Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 139 — Deaderick Family Cemetery
George Michael Deaderick in 1807 established and was president of the Nashville Bank, the first bank in the state. His son, John G. Deaderick, owned 5,000 acres of land, a portion of which was passed down to his son, William Pitt Deaderick, and . . . Map (db m149024) HM
73Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 62 — Donaldson Point, Missouri/Island No. 8/Hickman, Kentucky/Dorena CrevassePanel #62 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Donaldson Point, Missouri Mile 905.3 AHP Union forces dug a canal across Donaldson Point in 1862 hoping to use it to bypass Confederate batteries at Island No. 10. The canal proved to be too shallow, but the rebels scuttled the . . . Map (db m114731) HM
74Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 14 — Donaldsonville, Louisiana/Bayou Lafourche/Geismar, LouisianaPanel #14 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Donaldsonville, Louisiana Mile 175.0 AHP A trading post was established where Bayou Lafourche met the river in 1750, and a small community grew up around it. Most of the settlers were French, but the town was named . . . Map (db m114994) HM
75Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Dorothy "Happy" Snowden Jones — 1937 - 2017 —
Happy Jones was born a member of the socially prominent Snowden family, but she embraced society in the largest possible sense. She involved herself in every imaginable public issue aimed at broadening justice and opportunity for citizens at large — . . . Map (db m205427) HM
76Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 143 — Dr. Joseph Edison Walker1880-1958
In 1923, Dr. J.E. Walker co-founded and was the first president of Universal Life Insurance Company, established in Memphis. A physician by training, he helped organize the old Memphis Negro Chamber of Commerce in 1926. Walker served as president of . . . Map (db m116287) HM
77Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Eastland Presbyterian Church
Sunday school held in a schoolhouse led to the formation of Eastland Presbyterian Church November 11, 1906 with Dr. W.H. Gragg, Sr., E.H. Porter and Captain T.H. Savage, Elders. Dr. Gragg secured the lumber for the original frame building from the . . . Map (db m88498) HM
78Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 101 — Edward Shaw
In 1870, Edward Shaw became the first Memphis black to run for U.S. Congress. Though he did not win, he was active in politics, serving on the County Commission, the City Council, and as Wharfmaster in the 1870s. In 1875, Shaw was editor of a black . . . Map (db m121433) HM
79Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 75 — Elizabeth Avery Meriwether — 1824 - 1917 —
Born in Bolivar, Elizabeth Meriwether spent much of her life in Memphis. A noted author, her more famous works include The Master of Red Leaf, Black and White, and Recollections of 92 Years. Mrs. Meriwether toured many states lecturing in support of . . . Map (db m55308) HM
80Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 72 — Elmwood Cemetery
Elmwood Cemetery was established on August 28, 1852. Buried here are Memphis pioneer families: 14 Confederate generals; victims of the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878; Governors Isham G. Harris and James C. Jones; U.S. Senators Kenneth D. McKellar, . . . Map (db m21334) HM
81Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E-77 — Elvis Aaron Presley
Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935, the son of Vernon and Gladys Presley. He moved to Memphis in 1948. Soon after signing a contract with Sun Records in 1954 he achieved tremendous popularity. His musical and acting . . . Map (db m9509) HM
82Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Elvis Presley and Sun Records / Sun Records
Front In July 1954 Sun Records released Elvis Presley's first recording. That record, and Elvis' four that followed on the Sun label, changed popular music. Elvis developed an innovative and different sound combining blues, gospel, and . . . Map (db m37261) HM
83Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Elvis Presley House
On March 20, 1956 Elvis Presley and his parents, Vernon and Gladys, moved into 1034 Audubon Drive purchased with royalties from his first million-dollar-selling record, “Heartbreak Hotel.” It was the year that defined his career. The home . . . Map (db m200798) HM
84Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Equality TrailblazersHonoring 100 Years of Woman Suffrage
During the last two decades of the 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th, dedicated Tennessee women campaigned relentlessly for woman suffrage. Remembered here are the stories of some of these trailblazers whose perseverance in . . . Map (db m203851) HM
85Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 180 — Ernest C. Withers House
Ernest C. Withers (1922-2007) began his career as a photographer in the U. S. Army during World War II. Upon leaving the military, he opened a commercial photography studio and worked as a freelance photojournalist for Black newspapers and magazines . . . Map (db m114545) HM
86Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Eudora Baptist Church
Side 1: Organized October 18, 1850 on two acres of land donated by Col. Eppy White, using the Greek word "Eudora" signifying "good gift" as its name, this church met in a log schoolhouse until the congregation's first structure was erected . . . Map (db m83572) HM
87Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Eudora Baptist Church
Organized October 18, 1850 on two acres donated by Col. Eppy White, the church met in a log schoolhouse until the first building was erected in 1851. The first pastor was J.B. Canada. A larger building completed in 1858 was used as a Federal . . . Map (db m132039) HM
88Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 61 — Eugene Magevney
Born in County Fermanagh, Ireland, 1798: immigrated to the United States, 1828; settled in Memphis, 1833. His home was the scene of three important religious occasions in Memphis: first Catholic mass, 1839; first Catholic marriage, 1840; . . . Map (db m32518) HM
89Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Fargason Fields
Welcome to Fargason Fields. Conveyed to the college in 1922 by John T. Fargason and his sister Mary Fargason Falls, in memory of their father J.T. Fargason. Fargason Fields encompasses 15 acres on the north side of the campus. Originally the . . . Map (db m102327) HM
90Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 6 — Farnsworth Building
Before 88 Union Center was renovated in the 1980's, it was known as the Three Sisters Building for the ladies apparel store that opened here in 1938. Before that, the 1927 building was called the Farnsworth Building after its financier, C.F. . . . Map (db m148904) HM
91Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 5 — First "Talkies"
Parking can be fun, but not as fun as a show at Loew's Palace, where "talking movies" debuted in Memphis in 1928. The theater, where Harry Houdini and others performed in the 1920s, was razed in the 1980s.Map (db m116720) HM
92Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — First Baptist Church
Front On April 3, 1839, 11 Baptists met in the home of Spencer Hail to organize a Baptist church. The next day, the group met to sign articles of faith. On Sunday, April 7, the group was organized as a regular Baptist church and baptised . . . Map (db m86577) HM
93Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 130 — First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church
(Front Side): First Baptist Church The First Baptist Church was designed by architect R. H. Hunt and built in 1906. It is constructed of yellow bricks along a Georgian-architectural style. It housed a congregation of 2,200 members . . . Map (db m55466) HM
94Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 155 — First Baptist Church, Lauderdale
Front Originally known as Beale Street Baptists Church First Baptist Church, Lauderdale began in 1865 as the first black Baptist church in West Tennessee. In 1877, it split from Beale Street Baptists. Through a legal action in 1894, it . . . Map (db m89009) HM
95Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 8 — First Black Radio Station
On October 25, 1948 at 4p.m., Nat D. Williams signed on at WDIA radio, becoming the first black disc jockey on the South's first all-black radio station. His revolutionary rhythm and blues program followed a show called "Hillbilly Party" and . . . Map (db m116723) HM
96Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — First Congregational Church
Founded 1862, organized 1864 with 25 members, this was the earliest Congregational Church in Memphis and State of Tennessee; known first as Union Church, next as Strangers Church, at two downtown locations. This classical modified Ionic building, . . . Map (db m88064) HM
97Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — First Court House, First Newspaper
Shelby County's first court house, a $50 cabin, was built here in 1820. The court moved to Raleigh, and the cabin then housed the first newspaper, the Memphis Advocate, which began January 18, 1827.Map (db m148633) HM
98Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — First Holiday Inn
The world’s first Holiday Inn was opened on this site, August 1, 1952 by Memphis entrepreneur Kemmons Wilson as a result of his unsatisfactory lodging experiences on a vacation the prior summer with his wife Dorothy and their five children. He soon . . . Map (db m63364) HM
99Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — First Memphis Waterfront
From here north to Auction Avenue steamboats landed; flatboats used the mouth of Gayoso Bayou above. Paddy Meagher, associated with this bluff as early as 1783, built a warehouse here in 1828. In 1829 Emmanuel Young built the town's first brick . . . Map (db m116298) HM
100Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — First Tavern
In 1820 several log cabins were built here to provide for the land office opening. Samuel Brown, first sheriff, later kept tavern on the same site. Adjacent on the south was the office of Frances Wright's Nashoba colony.Map (db m116296) HM

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