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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM29TD_the-lynching-of-lee-walker_Memphis-TN.html
A mob estimated at 3,000 people gathered near this spot on the night of July 22, 1893, with the intent of breaking into the Shelby County Jail and seizing Lee Walker, a black prisoner accused of attempting to rape a young white woman. Four days ea…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM29TC_fort-san-fernando-de-las-barrancas_Memphis-TN.html
Louisiana's lieutenant governor, Manuel Gayoso de Lemos, erected Fort San Fernando de las Barrancas near this site in May of 1795. He named the structure for Spain's crown prince and future king, Ferdinand VII. Conforming to Pinckney's Treaty, Spa…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM296L_nelson-kirby-house_Memphis-TN.html
This house was home to two owners who experienced differently the tribulations of the Civil War. The first, Thomas A. Nelson (1819-1887), acquired property on Poplar Pike in 1869 as a rural refuge from the yellow fever epidemics that periodically …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM28NF_u-s-colored-troops-and-the-battle-of-fort-pillow_Memphis-TN.html
U.S. Colored Troops and the Battle of Fort Pillow Buried in Memphis National Cemetery are the remains of 248 mostly unknown Union officers and soldiers including 109 graves representing the U.S. Colored Troops who fell at nearby Fort Pillow. In…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM277P_the-mississippi-riverwalk_Memphis-TN.html
The Riverwalk is a portrait of Old Man River in the miniature-the winding 1.000-mile journey of the lower Mississippi reproduced in a one-half mile concrete sculpture. On a horizontal scale of 30 inches, or one step, to the mile, this flowing mode…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM274P_overton-square_Memphis-TN.html
East Side in 1969, Overton Square's founders—James D. Robinson, Jr., Ben Woodson, Charles H. Hull, Jr., and Frank Doggrell, III- developed T.G.I Friday's which became the first establishment in the city to sell alcohol by the drink. The …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM274B_cotton-exchange-building_Memphis-TN.html
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 m…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2740_first-talkies_Memphis-TN.html
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.
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM273Z_civil-war-hospital_Memphis-TN.html
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.
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM273X_first-black-radio-station_Memphis-TN.html
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 repla…
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