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Shelby County Tennessee Historical Markers

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By Judy King, September 4, 2014
Tennessee (Shelby County), Arlington — Arlington Cemetery
The Arlington Cemetery Company, formed in 1909, bought 4.7 acres of land on this site. Owners were: R.D. Cole, S.Y. Wilson, H.S. Griffin, W.A. Taylor, F.S. Bragg, and A.H. Murray. In time, this company ceased to function. the Arlington Cemetery . . . — Map (db m76903) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Arlington — Arlington Historic Post Office
The Town's first post office building was located in the row of businesses facing the railroad tracks in the area of town currently known as Depot Square. The first Postmaster, Danial Kerman,was appointed in 1866.

Even though the Town was called . . . — Map (db m85897) HM

Tennessee (Shelby County), Arlington — Blacksmith Shop
The blacksmith shop played an integral role in the community in it's early days. He made and repaired farming tools and equipment, wagons and their parts, horseshoes, and household items. The community's first blacksmith was Perkins White, who . . . — Map (db m85676) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Arlington — Grey's Creek Baptist Church
This church is Shelby County's oldest African American congregation. It was founded by two free men of color, preachers Simon Price and Joseph "Free Joe" Harris, and numerous slaves, right after its former occupant, a white congregation, vacated the . . . — Map (db m74845) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Arlington — Harrell Farm Log Cabin
The Harrell Farm Log Cabin is estimated to date back to the mid-1800's and served as the cook's residence at the Harrell Farm. The Harrell farm was located along Harrell Road, in both Shelby and Fayette Counties, and the log cabin was located near . . . — Map (db m85812) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Arlington — Hughes-College Hill Park
In January of 1884, the Memphis District High School opened its doors on this site. Built by the Memphis Conference of Methodist Church, the school was acquired by the Shelby County Schools in 1895. In 1912, a new school replaced the original during . . . — Map (db m76902) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Arlington — Memphis's Civil War SitesCivilians Lined the Bluffs
In April 1862, Union victories at Shiloh and on the Mississippi River made Confederate control of the river in Tennessee more difficult. Southern soldiers evacuated posts that they could not defend easily, such as Memphis. Capt. James E. . . . — Map (db m88230) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Arlington — 4E 9 — Old Stagecoach Inn
Just to the north is the site of an old inn used by stagecoach and other travelers between Memphis and eastern settlements from 1829 until stagecoach travel ceased. It was dismantled in 1926. — Map (db m74842) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Arlington — 4E 51 — Pleasant Hill Cemetery
This cemetery, founded in 1853, grew up around the Brunswick Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which has since moved. During the Confederate War, the church building was used as a hospital, and 17 unknown Confederate soldiers who died there are buried . . . — Map (db m88314) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Arlington — Rachel H.K. Burrow Museum
Early pioneers settled in the Arlington area around 1830. A depot, called Withe Station, was established in 1856. The land was given by General Samuel Jackson Hays. In 1872 his land holdings were sold at public auction and the community became . . . — Map (db m76898) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Bartlett — Bartlett Veterans Memorial
Lest we forget. Erected by citizens of Bartlett to those who served their country in time of need. — Map (db m85906) WM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Bartlett — Bartlett, Tennessee
A toll road of 1829 became Stage Road, Bartlett's main street. In 1856 the town was called Union Depot. Incorporated in 1866 and named Bartlett for Major Gabriel Matson Bartlett. Shelby County Courts were held here from 1870-1885. In 1885 Bartlett . . . — Map (db m7543) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Bartlett — 4E 23 — Davies Manor
Built near Old Stage Road about 1807, occupied by Logan Early Davies, James Baxter Davies & their descendants for over a century. Named for Zachariah Davies, soldier of the American Revolution. In the path of both armies, 1861-65, it was the scene . . . — Map (db m74834) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Bartlett — Nicholas Gotten1832-1919
Nicholas Gotten a native of Spangdahlen, Germany, immigrated to America at the age of 22: worked in the north before coming to Tennessee: established himself as a blacksmith in Union Depot (Bartlett) in 1860: enlisted in the Confederate Army (Co. C. . . . — Map (db m6943) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Bartlett — St. Ann Catholic Church
Front On Christmas Eve 1949, parishioner John Maher buried a statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague on this site and hopeful Catholics from the area began fund-raising efforts to build the first Catholic church in Bartlett. Within one year . . . — Map (db m88647) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Bartlett — The Geographical Center of Shelby County
This site designated as the Geographical Center of Shelby County. — Map (db m85898) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Bartlett — Warren Chapel Pisgah Cemetery
The former site of Warren's Methodist Chapel and cemetery was sold in 1851 by Joseph and Matilda Warren Locke for $20 to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. At this time it became known as Pisgah. The earliest known burial was Sarah C. Bond, . . . — Map (db m85584) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — Battle of ColliervilleAn Unexpected Guest
Collierville's location on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad made it strategically important throughout the Civil War. Frequently occupied by Union forces, the town found itself in the gun sights of Confederate cavalrymen intent on severing . . . — Map (db m37267) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — Battle of Collierville
(Side one): On Oct. 11, 1863, Gen. James R. Chalmers, with a force of about 3000 Confederate cavalrymen, consisting of the 7th TN, 13th TN, 18th MS, 2nd MO, 2nd AR, and 3rd MS, approached Collierville from the south along Mt. Pleasant Road. . . . — Map (db m63137) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — Chalmers's Collierville Raid"... break the railroad behind him."
Early in November 1863, Union Gen. William T. Sherman was moving east to relieve the Union army at Chattanooga. Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston ordered Gen. James R. Chalmers to "harass [Sherman's] rear and break the railroad behind him." . . . — Map (db m37269) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — Collierville Christian Church
The Collierville Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was originally founded in Fayette County near the close of the Civil War. Construction began at the present location in 1873. Renovations to the building were made in 1906, and again in the . . . — Map (db m63135) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — Collierville High School
This land, which was actually in Mississippi until 1838, originally belonged to the Chickasaws. This area has served as a central hub for education in Collierville since 1873, when Bellevue Female College constructed a two story wooden building . . . — Map (db m76812) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — Collierville United Methodist ChurchSanctuary on the Square
One of two sanctuaries of Collierville United Methodist Church, the Sanctuary on the Square was built in 1900 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South congregation. The Methodists were the first to erect a church in the community and from . . . — Map (db m82673)
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — Collierville, Tenn.
Collierville, first known as Oak Grove, was founded in about 1835 and was named for Jesse R. Collier. The county’s second oldest town was near Mt. Pleasant Rd. and Hwy. 57 on land of Adams, Floyd, Hodge, Collier and the Tharp Grant. In 1837, the . . . — Map (db m63134) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — Crisscross Lodge1913
The home of Cecil and Laura Davis Elliott was designed in 1913 by architect Bayard Snowden Cairnes of the Memphis firm Hanker and Cairnes. Cairnes, who was trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, used a unique hexagonal plan that provided a . . . — Map (db m37266) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — First Baptist Church
By August 1836, before Jesse Collier and Horace Barbee had advertised “Collier Town for Sale” in the Memphis Enquirer, the Baptists had located in the Collierville area. Shiloh Church was established on the north side of State Line Road . . . — Map (db m76816) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — Presbyterian Church of Collierville
In 1844 Salem Presbyterian Church was established in southeast Shelby County. It remained there until 1871 and then relocated to Collierville. The name was changed to the Presbyterian Church of Collierville. The Presbyterians met at the Methodist . . . — Map (db m63131) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
The corner stone for Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church was laid on April 22, 1890. The church was consecrated on May 27, 1891. Anna Holden, the guiding force in the founding of St. Andrew’s, led a group that raised $3,000 to build the church. The . . . — Map (db m63132) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — The Wigfall Grays4th Tennessee Infantry Co. C
(side 1) On April 15, 1861, eighty men from Collierville organized the Wigfall Grays to oppose President Lincoln’s call for volunteers to invade the South. The company was named in honor of Senator Louis T. Wigfall who was well known for . . . — Map (db m82843) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Collierville — Tom Brooks Park
Herbert Thomas Brooks served in community leadership roles for over 50 years. His leadership and vision affected almost every facet of the community and can be seen in the physical beauty of Collierville's landscape as well as the design of the . . . — Map (db m37271) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Germantown — Fort Germantown
This was the site of a Civil War earthwork redoubt built by the Union Army as part of a series of forts guarding the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. The fort is thought to have been built in June 1863 by the 49th Illinois Infantry Regiment and used . . . — Map (db m74839) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Germantown — Fortunate SurvivorGermantown Presbyterian Church
This is the only Germantown church to survive the war, while the town suffered because of its strategic location on the Memphis & Charlestown Railroad. Many male members of the congregation joined the 4th Tennessee Infantry (CSA), while others . . . — Map (db m107948) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Germantown — Germantown Baptist Church
Organized circa 1836 as New Hope Baptist Church. Ground given in 1841 by Wilks Brooks, whose family was active in life of the Church for many years. Original building was burned in 1862 when Federal forces had command of community. Present building . . . — Map (db m83889) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Germantown — Germantown Cemetery
Founded by Germantown Methodist Episcopal Church on land bought in 1840 from George P. and Nicey B. Shepherd, early subdividers of the village, this cemetery served the whole community for 125 years. A stone fragment dated 1843 marks the earliest . . . — Map (db m84552) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Germantown — Germantown, Tennessee
The City began in 1833 as the hamlet of Pea Ridge, was renamed Germantown in 1836 and incorporated in 1841. The City of Germantown now includes the site of historic Nashoba Plantation. Union troops occupied the town during the Civil War. Yellow . . . — Map (db m74837) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Germantown — John Gray Historic House
One of the oldest surviving brick residences in Shelby County, the John Gray House, built prior to 1851, is a rare example of a Federal Period hall and parlor plan, middle-class farmhouse. Originally located in Morning Sun, near Eads, it was moved . . . — Map (db m83728) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Germantown — Oaklawn Garden
The house was built in 1854 on Wm. Carter's land. Its 493 acres were subdivided in 1872. In 1918 Fritz Hussy and Mamie Cloyes owned and named 20 acres Oaklawn Garden. Harry and Becky Cloyes established a botanical garden and museum of historic . . . — Map (db m76905) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Germantown — Raiding the RailsCivil War in Germantown 1862
During the Civil War, the railroad in front of you was the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. Union forces occupied the area soon after the April 1862 Battle of Shiloh and the capture of Memphis on June 6. they used the railroad to transport troops and . . . — Map (db m107968) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Germantown — War Comes to GermantownGuarding the Railroad
In 1861, Germantown was divided between secessionists and unionists until the news of Fort Sumter and President Abraham Lincoln’s call for volunteers tilted the balance in favor of secession. Germantown women announced on April 26, “We…offer . . . — Map (db m82844) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Lakeland — Chambers Chapel United Methodist Church / Chambers Chapel Cemetery
Chambers Chapel United Methodist Church Martha Ann Vaughan Chambers donated an acre of land near Chambers Mineral Springs as a site for a Methodist Episcopal Church South on Nov. 6, 1869. Three wooden frame buildings have stood on this . . . — Map (db m88696) HM
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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 . . . — Map (db m115008) HM

Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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 m139) HM
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Capt. J. Harvey Mathes37th. Tenn. C.S.A.
Capt. J. Harvey Mathes 37th. Tenn. C.S.A. — Map (db m51442) HM
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Central Gardens Historic District
Side A 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 . . . — Map (db m87367) HM
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 169 — Christian Brothers High School / Christian Brothers Band
(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 . . . — Map (db m63274) HM
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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

Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Congregation B'Nai Israel(Children of Israel) — First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in Tennesee
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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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 for William . . . — Map (db m114994) HM
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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 m83824) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 75 — Elizabeth Avery Meriwether1824 - 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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — First Baptist ChurchContinued from the other side
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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (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
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Former Criminal Courts Building
Designed by Jones & Furbringer, Architects, this building opened in 1925 as the Criminal Courts Building, housing two divisions of criminal court, a 300-bed county jail, and various offices. The limestone exterior features several design elements of . . . — Map (db m63366) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 38 — Forrest's Early Home
In a house which stood here in antebellum days lived Nathan Bedford Forrest. Born in middle Tennessee, 1821, he spent his early life on a Mississippi plantation. Following marriage in 1845, he came to Memphis, where his business enterprises made . . . — Map (db m32517) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 23 — Fort Adams, Mississippi/Old River Control Structure/Homochitto CutoffPanel # 23
A. Fort Adams, Mississippi Mile 311.9 AHP

This high bluff was first named Davion’s Rock, for a French priest who lived here with the Tunica Indians in the early 1700’s. It was later called Loftus Heights, for a British Major Loftus . . . — Map (db m115004) HM

Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 29 — Fort Adams/Fort Pike
With Chickasaw approval, Army Captain Isaac Guion erected the United States' first garrison in the mid-Mississippi Valley here in October of 1797. Initially named Fort Adams for the second U.S. President, the stockade was later called Fort Pike, . . . — Map (db m74828) WM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — France
France was the first nation to settle and develop the Lower Mississippi. Although they governed it for only 80 years, the French left a lasting impression on the river and its valley. In 1673, Louis Jolliet, a French trader, and Father Jacques . . . — Map (db m53731) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Gen. James M. Kennedy Hospital
A U.S. Army hospital on this site treated more than 44,000 combat veterans during World War II. Opened Jan. 23, 1943, it was named for the late Brig. Gen. James M. Kennedy, distinguished Army surgeon and veteran of both the Spanish-American War and . . . — Map (db m84660) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 144 — George W. Lee1894 - 1976
Political, business and civic leader, Lee was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Expeditionary Force. Heroic in W.W.I, he was an active black combat officer. An insurance executive and capitalist, Lee was leader of the Lincoln League and Old Guard . . . — Map (db m55501) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Graceland
Graceland has been placed on the National Register of Historical Places by the United States Department of the Interior. Built 1939. — Map (db m138) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church
St. Luke's Church, founded in 1894 at Idlewild and Union, moved to this location in 1912 where the Right Rev. Thomas F. Gailor, 3rd Bishop of Tennessee, laid the church's cornerstone. Grace Church, founded in 1850 as the first mission church of . . . — Map (db m84423) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Great Britain
As early as the 1730's, a few British traders lived among the Chickasaw in this area, but Great Britain's brief ascendancy on the Lower Mississippi did not began until 1763. In that year, the British defeated France in the Seven Years' War and took . . . — Map (db m82852) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Griffin House
Leighnora Elisabeth Griffin, pictured here in the 1930s, lived at 2118 Madison Avenue from 1919 until her death at age 89. She once turned down an offer price of $500,000 to purchase the home during the mid-70's heyday of Overton Square . . . — Map (db m84680) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 1 — Head of Passes/Pilottown, LouisianaPanel #1 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Head of Passes Mile 0.0 AHP The Mississippi River officially ends here, 954 miles from Cairo, Illinois. At this point, the stream divides into three channels, Pass a Louture, South Pass, and Southern Pass. They each branch into . . . — Map (db m114914) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Heiskell Farm
Joseph B. Heiskell obtained a farm surrounding this location about 1867. He was Chairman of Code Commission of 1858 establishing the first official Code of Tennessee, member of the First Confederate Congress 1862, member of Convention of 1870 . . . — Map (db m87996) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 21 — Hog Point, Louisiana/Raccourci Cutoff/Caernarvon CrevassePanel #21 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Hog Point, Louisiana Mile 298.2 AHP The channel off Hog Point, in the middle of Raccourci Cutoff, has long been one of the most troublesome stretches on the lower river. Constant dredging is required to keep the channel open. During . . . — Map (db m115003) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 141 — Hollis Freeman Price, Sr.1904-1982
Hollis Price was the first African-American president of LeMoyne College. In 1968, he guided the college's merger with Owen Junior College. Price was the president of the college for 27 years and upon his retirement became president emeritus. He was . . . — Map (db m83826) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 159 — Hooks Brothers PhotographyEstablished in 1907
Side A Established by Henry A. Hooks, Sr. and his brother Robert B. Hooks, Hooks Brothers Photography Studio was the second oldest continuously operating black business in Memphis. Located during its early years at 164 Beale Street, it . . . — Map (db m32512) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 175 — Hutchison School
Founded in 1902 by Mary Grimes Hutchison as a college preparatory school for girls, it was the first independent school in Memphis accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In 1925 Hutchison moved to the Union Avenue . . . — Map (db m87083) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 11 — Hymelia Crevasse/Bonnet Carre Crevasse/Laplace, Louisiana/Reserve, LouisianaPanel #11 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Hymelia Crevasse Mile 131.3 AHP In 1903, a 200-foot gap opened in the levee at Hymelia Plantation. One thousand laborers were put to work constructing a sandbag fill but a runaway barge crashed into the repairs and destroyed them. . . . — Map (db m114926) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 85 — Ida B. Wells1862–1931
Ida B. Wells crusaded against lynchings in Memphis and the South. In 1892 while editor of the Memphis Free Speech, located in this vicinity, she wrote of the lynching of three Black businessmen. As a result, her newspaper office was destroyed . . . — Map (db m9306) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Illinois MonumentMemphis National Cemetery
When President Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers to defend the life of our imperiled nation, these valiant sons of Illinois together with other heroes, offered their lives with patriotism unsurpassed. With unflinching bravery they fought . . . — Map (db m61800) WM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 124 — Isaac Hayes
In the 1970s Hayes was a multiple gold and platinum-selling recording star. His recording of "Shaft" won an Oscar, Golden Globe, and three Grammy awards. He wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs for Stax Records including "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Soul . . . — Map (db m87970) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 57 — Island No. 20/Cottonwood Point/Booth Point, Tennessee/Linwood BendPanel #57 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Island No. 20 Mile 8290 AHP The wandering geography of Island No. 20 illustrates the Mississippi River's erratic nature. Navigation charts of 1801 show the island lying near the west bank. Later, the river moved and placed the . . . — Map (db m114737) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 63 — Island No. 5 (Wolf Island)/Belmont, Missouri/Columbus, KentuckyPanel #63 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Island No. 5 (Wolf Island) Mile 933.0 AHP Kentucky and Missouri fought all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court for possession of Wolf Island. Missouri’s attorneys presented an array of old maps and navigation charts that showed the . . . — Map (db m114730) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 64 — Islands No. 2, 3, and 4/Fort Jefferson, Kentucky/Bird’s Point, MissouriPanel #64 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Islands No. 2, 3, and 4 Mile 940.5 AHP Zadok Cramer first numbered the islands of the Lower Mississippi River in his 1801 book, The Navigator. The number system allowed boatmen to exchange river information without becoming . . . — Map (db m114729) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — It was a Struggle for Freedom For Dignity and For EqualityRecognition
The City of Memphis recognizes the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO Local 1733 as the designated representative for the Division of Public Works for the purpose of negotiations on wages hours and conditions of . . . — Map (db m107458) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 107 — J. Millard "Jack" Smith1895-1976
Born at Statonville, Tennessee, J. Millard "Jack" Smith was president of Memphis State College from 1946 until 1960 and was the first alumnus of the college to become president. Following World War II, he guided the institution through an era of . . . — Map (db m86688) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — James H. MaloneOct. 31, 1851 - June 29, 1929
The 35th mayor of Memphis, 1906-1910. Author of "The Chickasaw Nation". He shared a legal office on the 11th floor of the exchange building, overlooking Court Square, with his younger brother Walter Malone. Judge of the second circuit court of . . . — Map (db m74800) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Jane Terrell Hospital
The Negro Baptist Association founded the Jane Terrell Baptist Hospital at 698 Williams in 1909 under the leadership of Dr. C.A. Terrell. At his death, it was permanently renamed Terrell Memorial Hospital under the leadership of Dr. N. M. Watson. By . . . — Map (db m86566) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Jefferson Davis MemorialPresident of the Confederate States of America 1861 - 1865
(Front):Jefferson Davis President of the Confederate States of America 1861 - 1865 Before the War Between the States, he served with distinction as a United States Congressman and twice as a United States Senator. He also served as . . . — Map (db m51441) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Jefferson Davis Park
When Riverside Drive was constructed in the mid-1930's, this park was built on what had been an old dumping ground for construction debris and dredge soil. It was enlarged to its present size in 1937, using material dredged from the river. . . . — Map (db m88264) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — John B. WeatherallHero-Loved One — 1900-1953
On the tragic day of September 12, 1953, John Weatherall gave his life in dedication to his job at Peabody Elementary School. WWI Veteran, devoted family man and custodian of Peabody Elementary, John Weatherall became aware of a fire at the school . . . — Map (db m84836) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Johnny Cash's First Performance / Johnny Cash and Tennessee Two
Johnny Cash's First Performance The singer-songwriter who became know as "The Man in Black," Johnny Cash launched his music career on this site in December 1954. Working as a door-to-door appliance salesman, Cash teamed up with guitarist . . . — Map (db m102825) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 158 — Josiah T. Settle1850 - 1915
After a noted legal and legislative career in Mississippi, Settle came to Memphis in 1885. During the late 1880s, he served as Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Court of Shelby County, an appointment unprecedented for an African-American at . . . — Map (db m82853) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 5 — Junior Crevasse/Poverty Point, Louisiana/Jesuits BendPanel #5 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Junior Crevasse Mile 55.0 AHP During the great flood of April 1927, the steamship Inspector was fought erratic currents downstream past the Junior Plantation. The pilot lost control and the boat’s bow crashed into the levee. . . . — Map (db m114920) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 9 — Kenner, Louisiana/Davis Crevasse/Ormand Landing, LouisianaPanel #9 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Kenner, Louisiana Mile 113.0 AHP This community grew up on a sugar plantation owned by the Kenner family and became a railroad stop in the antebellum years. During the U.S. Civil War, Union troops were sent to Kenner to destroy the . . . — Map (db m114924) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Kuni Wada Bakery Remembrance
"When nothing else subsists from the past, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered. The smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls. Bearing resiliently, on tiny and almost impalpable drops of . . . — Map (db m89358) HM WM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Lansky BrothersClothier to the King
Lansky Brothers was founded in 1946 by Bernard and Guy Lansky with a $125 investment from their father, S. L. Lansky. The store began at 126 Beale Street as an army surplus store, but gradually changed to accommodate customers interested in a . . . — Map (db m63367) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Lauderdale Courts / Presley Family at Lauderdale Courts
Lauderdale Courts Built in 1936 by the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, Lauderdale Courts was one of the first federal housing projects in the nation. It replaced substandard housing with clean, modern dwellings for the . . . — Map (db m87028) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E-114 — Lowenstein Mansion
Born in Germany in 1835, Elias Lowenstein emigrated to Memphis in 1854. The firm which he headed, B. Lowenstein & Bros. Department Store, was prominent in Memphis for 125 years. A leader in the Jewish community, he served as president of Temple . . . — Map (db m74816) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 153 — Lucie Eddie CampbellComposer, Educator and Activist — 1885-1963
Front Born in Duck Hill, Mississippi, in 1885, the youngest of seven children, Lucie E. Campbell moved to Memphis and was educated in the Memphis public schools. She graduated as valedictorian from Kortrecht High School (later . . . — Map (db m89011) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 12 — Lutcher, Louisiana/Oak Alley/St. James Landing, LouisianaPanel #12 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Lutcher, Louisiana Mile 147.6 AHP Tobacco was never a very successful cash crop for early French settlers, with the notable exception of Pierre Channet, who lived near here. The “Perique tobacco” he developed is still . . . — Map (db m114928) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 132 — Mallory-Neely House
Built circa 1852, this 25-room Italian villa-style mansion was home to the Isaac Kirtland, Benjamin Babb, James C. Neely, Daniel Grant, and Barton Lee Mallory families between 1852 and 1969. Extensively renovated during the 1880s and 1890s, it . . . — Map (db m63369) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 146 — Manassas High School / The Cora P. Taylor Auditorium
Manassas High School Manassas High School was established by Spencer Johnson and others in 1899 on the west side of Manassas Street. Originally a two-room framed structure in 1900, more rooms were added between 1902 and 1904. In 1918, a . . . — Map (db m87974) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 123 — Mary Church Terrell1863 - 1954
Born in Memphis in 1863, Mary Church Terrell was noted as a champion of human rights. The daughter of millionaire Robert Church, Sr., she was graduated from Oberlin College in 1884 and later made her home in Washington, D.C. In 1904, she was a . . . — Map (db m63342) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Mason TempleChurch of God in Christ
This temple serves as foremost edifice at the world headquarters of the Church of God in Christ which was organized in 1897 by Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, son of former slaves. Built during World War II by the loyal members of the Church, Mason . . . — Map (db m89004) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Maxwelton (Circa 1855-1860)
Judge John Louis Taylor Sneed (1820-1901) named this house which is built of native poplar and cypress. Only a few of this "Victorian piano-box" style, more common to middle-Tennessee, survive. E.A. Spottswood, Sr. sold this land to Levi Joy in . . . — Map (db m84457) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society
In Memoriam 1917-------------1918 In Memory of The Four Members of The Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society Who gave their lives in the service of their fellow men in the World War Capt. Robert B. Underwood - Lieut. A.P. . . . — Map (db m88260) WM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Memphis BelleBoeing B-17 F #41-24485 — Margaret Polk
Front Margaret Polk Margaret Polk was a Memphis resident and a graduate of the Hutchison School. While a student at Southwestern in Memphis, she dated Pilot Robert Morgan prior to his deployment overseas. Bob named his B-17F-Memphis . . . — Map (db m85160) HM WM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Memphis City Hospital
In 1836 the state authorized building a brick hospital on this site, chiefly for river travelers. In 1873 it became a municipal institution. After its razing in 1891, the location became Forrest Park. — Map (db m74826) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 63 — Memphis Martyrs
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, . . . — Map (db m7583) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Memphis National Cemetery
This National Cemetery has been listed in The National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1996 — Map (db m107637) WM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 164 — Memphis Queen II
Built in 1955 by the Dubuque Boat & Boiler Company, the Memphis Queen II was the first all-steel passenger ship on the Mississippi River. Measuring 85 feet long by 43 feet wide, it features two decks, two smokestacks, and a stern wheel . . . — Map (db m88257) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Memphis State Eight
Front In the fall of 1959 some 4,500 students enrolled at Memphis State University. Among them were eight African Americans, the first to break the University's color barrier. They were Bertha Mae Rogers (Looney), Rose Blakney (Love) and . . . — Map (db m86685) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Memphis University School
Founded in the downtown area in 1893 by Principals E.S. Werts and J.W.S Rhea, Memphis University School soon became the city's leading boys' preparartory school. Although the "old MUS" succumbed to the Great Depression in 1936, alumni and friends . . . — Map (db m87087) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Memphis,Tennessee/Mud Island
Memphis, Tennessee Its central location on the Mississippi River has been the basis for Memphis’s growth. The fourth Chickasaw Bluff was long occupied by the Native American tribe for whom it was named. France and later Spain built forts there . . . — Map (db m115006) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 137 — Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
Mt. Moriah was founded in 1879. The oldest church in the area, it was relocated to this site in 1893, predating the Orange Mound community by seven years. A vernacular-sandstone building, the present edifice was completed in 1926, during the . . . — Map (db m83960) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Mud Island
Mud Island, across the old Wolf River channel before you, began to be formed by the Mississippi River around 1900. By 1916 there was concern that it would grow so far south that it would block access to the harbor, so the island was connected to . . . — Map (db m88265) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 18 — Mulatto Bend/Springfield Bend/Profit IslandPanel # 18
A. Mulatto Bend Mile 236.6 AHP

A group of Mulatto Freedmen of French dissent established a settlement here in the early 1800’s and the river pilots named it Mulatto Bend. Wilkinson Point at the crook of the bend suffered a major washout . . . — Map (db m115000) HM

Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Mullins United Methodist Church
Mullins United Methodist Church, named for its first minister, the Reverend Lorenzo Dow Mullins, was established July 15, 1845, in a one-room log cabin structure on this site. Federal troops dismantled the building using its timbers to construct . . . — Map (db m84551) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — N. B. Forrest Camp 215 Sons of Confederate Veterans
On June 28, 1900, a group of over 100 sons and grandsons of Confederate veterans met in Memphis to organize a local chapter, or "camp" of the United Sons of Confederate Veterans, later known as the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV). Following . . . — Map (db m82854) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 10 — Nashoba
To the south lay this plantation. Here, in 1827, a Scottish spinster heiress named Francis Wright set up a colony whose aims were the enforcement of cooperative living and other advanced sociological experiments. It failed in 1830. — Map (db m85673) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 104 — Nat D. Williams
In 1948, Nat D. Williams became the first black radio announcer in Memphis when he began broadcasting for WDIA. He was a cofounder of the Cotton Makers Jubilee and is credited with giving the celebration its name. A history teacher in the Memphis . . . — Map (db m13748) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Nathan Bedford Forrest
Nathan - Bedford - Forrest MDCCCXXI - MDCCCLXVII "Those hoof beats die not upon fame's crimson sod, But will ring through her song and her story; He fought like a Titan and struck like a god, And his dust is our ashes of glory." . . . — Map (db m51510) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 117 — Nathan Bedford Forrest III, Airman
(obverse) Brigadier General N.B. Forrest, III, U.S. Army Air Force, was born in Memphis on April 7, 1905 and was the first American General Officer killed in combat against the nazis during World War II. He died while participating in a . . . — Map (db m82855) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Naval Battle of Memphis, 1862
Atop these bluffs in the early morning hours of June 6, 1862, the citizens of Memphis gathered in excited anticipation as the Confederate River Defense Fleet steamed out into the Mississippi to meet the descending Union Gunboat Fleet. The . . . — Map (db m82856) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 61 — New Madrid, Missouri/Cates Casting Field/Island No. 10Panel #61 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) New Madrid, Missouri Mile 888.7 AHP The New Madrid townsite was laid out in 1788 by Colonel George Morgan, who had brought settlers, hoping to make it the capital of an independent Spanish-allied state. The expected land grant from . . . — Map (db m114732) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 8 — New Orleans, LouisianaPanel #8 Mississippi Riverwalk
Mile 95.0 AHP Throughout its long and colorful history, New Orleans has been both a center of commerce and Mecca for seekers of a good time. As the Mississippi’s gateway to international trade, it has become the third largest port in the . . . — Map (db m114923) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Normal Depot
Southern Railway's Normal Depot was completed in time for the dedication of the West Tennessee Normal School on September 10, 1912. A brick Craftsman-style building with a tiled hip roof, it was a commuter station with separate white and "colored" . . . — Map (db m84112) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Normal Station Neighborhood
Named for a teacher's college and railroad depot, the Normal Station neighborhood is bounded by Goodlett, Park, Highland, and Southern. The Chickasaws originally had a hunting camp on Black Bayou that runs through the area. William F. Eckles bought . . . — Map (db m87434) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — North Carolina
In the 1700s, the western boundary of the British Crown Colony of North Carolina extended, in theory, to the Mississippi River. Much of this was academic, however, and the western Tennessee territory which bordered the river was in fact the property . . . — Map (db m53732) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 54 — North Memphis Driving Park
The southwest corner of this mile harness track was here; its long axis ran northeastward. It was developed mainly by C.K.G. Billings. Here Ed Geers brought out many famous horses. Here also, Dan Patch made his record of 1:55¼, and here occurred the . . . — Map (db m87930) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Oak Grove Baptist Church
Named Oak Grove because of its original location in a grove of Oak trees, the history of the church began with a small group of "freed" blacks in 1863. Mary C. and Ella J. Williams of Williams plantation permitted the members to use a parcel of the . . . — Map (db m88310) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Oakville Missionary Baptist Church
Front Founded in 1871 and organized in 1872, this church is among Shelby County's oldest active African American congregations. Originally known as "Oakville Colored Church", it was organized by former slaves and their families and . . . — Map (db m87271) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Ohio River
Winding 981 miles to Cairo, Illinois from its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania head, the Ohio has been an important force in America’s history and its economy. Pioneers made it the highroad to western expansion after the American Revolution. The Ohio . . . — Map (db m114727) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 97 — Orange Mound
Orange Mound, developed as a Negro subdivision at the turn of the century, was formerly a 5000 acre plantation owned by John George Deaderick. Bounded by the Southern Railway on the north, Airways on the west, Park on the south, and Goodwyn on the . . . — Map (db m83993) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 3 — Ostrica Lock/Buras, Louisiana/Empire Lock/Nairn, LouisianaPanel #3 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Ostrica Lock Mile 25.2 AHP This lock connects the river to the Gulf of Mexico through a short channel extending north into Breton Sound. It is used chiefly by fishermen, crew boats, and pleasure craft. B) Buras, Louisiana . . . — Map (db m114916) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Overton Park
The 342 acre Lea Woods was bought in 1901 as the first project of Memphis Park Commission on advice of Olmsted Brothers, noted landscape and architects. By popular vote it was named for Judge John Overton, a city founder. Naturalistic landscaping . . . — Map (db m82857) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Owen College1954-1968
In 1946, the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, a negro religious group, purchased twelve acres of ground and buildings at Vance Avenue and Orleans Street for $375,000 to begin a school. In 1954, Owen College, a two year . . . — Map (db m107447) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 83 — Pee Wee Saloon(P. Wee Saloon)
Pee Wee's Saloon was the favorite meeting spot for Memphis musicians in the early 20th century. W.C. Handy used the cigar counter to write out copies of the Beale Street Blues for his band members. One of those songs, written for the 1909 political . . . — Map (db m9302) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Phi Beta Sigma/Abram Langston Taylor
Phi Beta Sigma Native Tennessean Abram Langston Taylor, near this spot, 423 Beale Avenue, conceived the idea of establishing an international organization of college and professional men dedicated to “Culture for Service and Service . . . — Map (db m63343) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 110 — Piggly Wiggly
Marker Front: With a brass band, a beauty contest, flowers for the ladies, and balloons for the children Clarence Saunders of Memphis opened the first Piggly Wiggly, America's first completely self-service grocery store, at 79 Jefferson . . . — Map (db m88646) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 16 — Plaquemine, Louisiana/Manchac BendPanel #16 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Plaquemine, Louisiana Mile 208.2 AHP The settlement that arose at the mouth of the Bayou Plaquemine took as its name the Native American word for the fruit, persimmon. Early settlers traveled on the bayou, but as the Mississippi . . . — Map (db m114992) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4 — Point a La Hache, Louisiana/Magnolia Plantation, LouisianaPanel #4 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Point a La Hache, Louisiana Mile 45.0 AHP French explorers named the slight curve in the river bank “Point of the Axe.” It is the end of the Mainline Levee System on the east bank. B) Magnolia Plantation, Louisiana . . . — Map (db m114919) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Poplar Tunes / One-Stop Shop306-308 Poplar Avenue
Poplar Tunes Calling itself "Memphis' Original Record Shop," Poplar Tunes lived up to its billing. Founders Joe Cuoghi and John Novarese opened the store in 1946, selling records for the retail, wholesale and jukebox trade. Demo records . . . — Map (db m87025) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 19 — Port Hudson, Louisiana/Fausse River CutoffPanel #19 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Port Hudson, Louisiana Mile 256.0 AHP This settlement began as a trading post and by the time of the U.S. Civil War, it was an important shipping center with both a steamboat landing and a rail line to the east. The Confederates . . . — Map (db m115001) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home
Founded in 1914 by Robert Stevenson Lewis Sr. and later operated by sons Robert Jr. and Clarence, the family business became committed to improving the quality of life for African-Americans in the community. Among their achievements, in the 1920s . . . — Map (db m107484) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 59 — Reelfoot LakePanel #59 Mississippi Riverwalk — Mile 873.0 AHP
A tremendous earthquake struck this region on December 16, 1811, beginning a three-month series of violent quakes that devastated over 40,000 square miles. Named for the largest settlement in the region, the New Madrid earthquakes altered local . . . — Map (db m114736) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 79 — Rhodes College
Its progenitor was Montgomery Masonic College, founded at Clarksville in 1848. Named Stewart College in 1855, it became a college of the Presbyterian church in 1861 and was incorporated as Southwestern Presbyterian University in 1875. It moved here . . . — Map (db m87354) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Rose GardenMemphis National Cemetery
This rose garden is dedicated to the memory and honor of all veterans. Through the generosity of the local districts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Tipton County Veterans Council, the Junior League Garden Club, the Memphis Rose Society, the . . . — Map (db m107481) WM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 119 — Rufus Thomas, Jr.
(Obverse) Born March 26, 1917, in Cayce, Mississippi, this legendary entertainer known worldwide, began his career in the 1930s with the Rabbit Foot Minstrel Shows. He was the organizer and master of ceremonies of the amateur shows in the . . . — Map (db m9303) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 138 — Sara Roberta Church1914-1995
In 1952, Roberta Church became the first black woman in Memphis to be elected to public office and to the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee. She served as an official in the administrations of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon. In 1987, . . . — Map (db m63290) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Schools For Freedmen
The first free "colored" school in the city was opened in early 1863 in a barrack building in South Memphis. In 1864 the U.S. Army issued a general order authorizing its officers to help with these schools for the education of freedmen. In 1865 . . . — Map (db m82858) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Second Congregational Church
Founded by the American Missionary Association in 1868, Second Congregational Church was originally at 239 Orleans. It was a chapel for LeMoyne Normal Institute. The present church, designed and built by Black artisans, was completed in 1928. In . . . — Map (db m83841) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Second Presbyterian Church
(obverse) This church was founded on Dec. 28, 1844, on Front St. near Gayoso. It has since become the parent of ten daughter churches. It erected its first owned building in 1849 at Main and Beale. During the Civil War, Federal troops . . . — Map (db m63365) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 47 — Shelby County / Memphis
Shelby County Established 1819; named in honor of ISAAC SHELBY who, along with Andrew Jackson, was appointed United States Commissioner; together they arranged the purchase of the Western District from the Chickasaw Indian Nation . . . — Map (db m82859) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Shelby County Courthouse
Designed by Architect James Gamble Rogers and dedicated on January 1, 1910, the Shelby County Courthouse is the largest and most ornate in Tennessee. Quarterly Court Chairman James Hill Barret led the movement for the imposing structure with modern . . . — Map (db m82860) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Site of the former Union Avenue United Methodist Church
1895- Lenox Methodist Episcopal South 1918- Union Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church South 1923-Ground-Breaking of new sanctuary on March 14 1968- Union Avenue Congregation 2010 - The Union Avenue Congregation merged with St. Luke's United . . . — Map (db m84850) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Solvent Savings Bank
The Solvent Savings Bank and Trust Company founded by Robert Church, Sr., first Negro bank established in Memphis, opened at this site, 392 Beale Street, in 1906. It survived the money panic of 1907 and became the fourth largest black bank in the . . . — Map (db m48758) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Southwestern Alumni World War II Memorial
Dedicated To The Memory of Southwestern Alumni Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice In World War II James S. Allman '42    Logan W. Hughs '36 Carl A. Arnout '42    William I. Hunt '34 Roy D Bachman '10    Curtis B. Hurley, Jr. '42 Hays Brantley, . . . — Map (db m102270) WM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — Spain
The Spanish were the first Europeans to discover the Lower Mississippi, but 260 years of shifting international politics allowed them only occasional sovereignty over the area. Hernando DeSoto's pioneering expedition stumbled on the Mississippi . . . — Map (db m53733) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 150 — St. Agnes Academy
Founded January 10, 1851, St. Agnes Academy was sponsored by the Dominican Sisters from Kentucky. The school continued to operate during the Civil War and some nuns were pressed into service as nurses. Through the yellow fever epidemics of the . . . — Map (db m84700) HM
Tennessee (Shelby County), Memphis — 4E 74 — St. John's United Methodist Church
The earliest members of this church were among the founders of Methodism in Memphis. This congregation, established in 1859 as Central Church Mission, first met on Union Avenue. St. John's built in 1907, was designed by Beauregard C. Alsup. The . . . — Map (db m83789) HM

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