Steve Pike

John Gadsby Chapman, Oil on Canvas / Art Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Davy Crockett, folk hero, West Tennessee Congressman, bear-hunter, and martyr of the Alamo, had a colorful reputation, which he enjoyed and promoted.

Memphis in World War I

Aug 6, 2014
American Red Cross

Memphis played an important role in World War I, a war which began 100 years ago this month. 

Machine Gun Kelly

Jul 22, 2014
Memphis Police Department

George "Machine Gun Kelly" Barnes and his ties to the city of Memphis.

The Harahan Bridge

Jul 15, 2014

Miles Vanderhorst Lynk

Jun 26, 2014

Miles Vanderhorst Lynk had an historic career, pioneering for minority rights in the Mid-South medical community. 

General Grant in Memphis

Jun 24, 2014
Brady-Handy Photograph Collection / Library of Congress

General Ulysses S. Grant nearly met his end, or, at least, certain capture by Confederate General William Hicks Jackson, on a visit through Memphis. 

The Martin Brothers

Apr 29, 2014
Photo Courtesy of the The Negro Leagues Museum

The four Martin brothers were each influential in the city of Memphis in the early 20th century. In addition to their political activities and professions, they owned the Memphis Red Sox, as well as the stadium in which the team played. 

Allen James Walker

Apr 10, 2014

As a soldier in the 7th US Colored Heavy Artillery, Allen James Walker was stationed at Corinth, Mississippi and Ft. Pickering, here in Memphis.

WikiMedia Commons

Bison roamed the Mid-South for thousands of years, and their remains can be found in sand and gravel bars throughout our region. 

Ethyl Horton Venson

Feb 27, 2014

Ethyl Horton Venson, co-founder and first Queen of the Cotton Makers' Jubilee,  broke many barriers that helped promote civil rights in Memphis.