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Original Memphis: Clayborn Temple

March 12, 2018 - articles

by Joan Allison | photo by Greg Campbell   (Photo caption: Construction of the I AM A MAN Plaza is underway, and set to open in April. Above photo is a plaza rendering provided by the City of Memphis.)   Most people who want to understand…

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Original Memphis: Beale Street

February 20, 2018 - articles

bealestreet.com | historic photos retrieved from bealestreet.com   We’d love to say that Beale Street has always been a hot bed of Memphis fun. The truth is, though, that it was on its deathbed in the late 1960s. Many of the original buildings had been…

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Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park

December 13, 2017 - articles

Original Memphis: Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park Starry Nights is the largest holiday light show and festival in the Mid-South. It’s also the longest running celebration at Shelby Farms Park. The magic of the holidays is brought to life through the drive-through display of…

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Original Memphis: Wolf River + Wolf River Conservancy

October 24, 2017 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman | photos courtesy of Wolf River Conservancy, wolfriver.org   September is a unanimously anticipated time of year for Mid-Southerners. As temperatures fall, families return to a more predictable pace, patios once again take center stage as the optimal gathering place for…

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Original Memphis: Overton Park

June 29, 2017 - articles

story & photos by Melissa McMasters, Director of Communications, Overton Park Conservancy   She is music, she is art, human play and happy barks. She is wild and tame, verdant and tough. She’s the magic at Memphis’ center. Meet Overton Park. School children and day…

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Original Memphis: National Ornamental Metal Museum

June 28, 2017 - articles

story by Jimmy Ogle, Shelby County historian | photos by Greg Campbell It’s the hidden jewel of the Memphis riverfront. A place where art is not only displayed, but where art is made. The only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the promotion…

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Original Memphis: The Peabody Hotel Ducks and Duckmaster

April 21, 2017 - articles

by Jimmy Ogle, Duckmaster  |  photos courtesy of Trey Clark    Shortly after the Civil War ended, the story of The Peabody Hotel begins. Opening in 1869, the original name given was to be Brinkley House in honor of the founder, Col. Robert Brinkley. However, Col….

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Original Memphis – National Civil Rights Museum

February 28, 2017 - articles

Photos used with permission ©2017 National Civil Rights Museum 450 MULBERRY | MEMPHIS, TN 38103 | CIVILRIGHTSMUSEUM.ORG The Memphis Sanitation Strike brought Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis in April of 1968 to rally support for the sanitation workers’ strike. He was murdered during that visit…

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Original Memphis – Graceland Christmas

December 23, 2016 - articles

Photos used with permission ©2016 Graceland/Elvis Presley Enterprises Elvis Presley, arguably Memphis’ most famous son, doesn’t need much introduction, nor does the place he called home, Graceland. It’s second only to the White House in number of visitors each year. And even though Elvis is…

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Original Memphis: Isaac Hayes

October 17, 2016 - articles

by Tim Sampson | photos Courtesy Stax Museum of American Soul Music When Isaac Lee Hayes came into the world on August 20, 1942 in the rural town of Rialto, Tennessee, 40 miles north of Memphis, the worlds of music and popular culture ushered in a…

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