Wayne Dowdy's This Month In Memphis History

Memphis, April 1968

April 1, 2018 Wayne Dowdy 0

April 1968 was the most important month of the 20th Century for the city of Memphis. The Sanitation Strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the direction of Memphis history just […]

Madison Avenue Then and Now

Evolution Of Madison At McLean

March 23, 2018 Mark Fleischer 0

This week, the week of March 19, 2018, the Midtown Nursery and the old Idlewild Theater were razed to pave way for a proposed mid-city-type 5-story apartment building. This southwest corner of Madison and McLean […]

Witnesses To History

“CITY’S GARBAGE COLLECTORS STRIKE”

March 16, 2018 Mark Fleischer 0

March to Mace: The Sanitation Strike before Martin Luther King Jr.’s invitation to Memphis, and a look at Memphis newspaper coverage of the first few weeks of the historic 1968 sanitation workers strike. “CITY’S GARBAGE COLLECTORS […]

Historic Preservation

“This Gracious Neighborhood”

February 21, 2018 Mark Fleischer 0

As a follow-up to both the Neighborhood Improvement Plan and the establishment of the Memphis Landmarks Commission in 1975, the city embarked on a survey of Memphis neighborhoods. This survey included the 500-plus acres of […]

Midtown Digest

Hey Memphis, What’s Your Midtown?

February 15, 2018 Mark Fleischer 2

The 240 and the parkways. East Parkway, Lamar, Bellevue, Jackson. The 240-Vollintine-Hollywood-Southern. Defining Midtown’s geographic borders can be grounds for arguments that never end. No matter the answers – as Vance Vawter said in a […]

Witnesses To History

“Garbage Truck Kills 2 Crewmen”

February 1, 2018 Mark Fleischer 3

February 2, 1968 “Packing Unit Is Apparently Activated By Accident, Crushes Employees” The Commercial Appeal reporter Joseph Thompson’s stark headline made the front page that Friday morning, detailing the tragic deaths of two sanitation workers […]

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