Memphis is filled with history so, I wanted to share ways to really embrace and indulge in the culture!
Places to Visit
The museum that showcases 260 artifacts and interactive media covering five centuries of African American history, The National Civil Rights Museum. The museum is Located at the Lorraine Motel
Learn more about slavery when you visit one of the Underground Railroads safe haven stops for slaves on their way to freedom, Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum is housed inside the historic Burkle Estate that was owned by a German immigrant apart of the anti-slavery movement.
Now, at first I wasn't too sure about this one. I have always just walked straight passed this place because I wasn't certain what information it held but according to the website The Cotton museum will tell the complex history of cotton and it's contributions to the city. Let me know how it goes!
Take a trip Downtown and check out the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery located on Bale street. View photos taken by the legendary Dr. Ernest C Withers who was a trained military photographer and one of the first nine African Americans appointed to the Memphis Police Department. His collection features life during the Civil Rights movement, the 20th century, and present day.
Celebrate musician greats like B.B. King, W. C. Handy, Isaac Hayes, Hank Crawford and research the impact Memphis has had on music by going to the Blues Hall of Fame, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or W.C. Handy Home and Museum.
blues.org/ staxmuseum.com/ www.sunstudio.com/
Take a trip to the first African-American neighborhood and stop by "The CMPLX" to celebrate the art created by today's Memphis talent! Brought to us by way of The Collective, The CMPLX is a black owned art gallery and event space displaying the creations of native Memphians.
Events to Attend
Events will be posted as they are scheduled! You may find them here as well as on the event calendar.
This list continues to grow! Here are some Black Owned businesses for you to check out. I will leave an asterisk symbol (*) beside places I can give insight on. Think of it as your little black book, a directory to support your own.
Food and Beverages
Mot & Ed’s
1354 Madison Ave Memphis, TN 38104
1680 Madison Ave Memphis, TN 3810
288 S 4th Street Memphis, TN 38126
The Office at Uptown
594 N 2nd Street Memphis, TN 38105
Slice of Soul
1299 Madison Ave. Memphis, TN 38104
3279 Kirby Parkway Memphis, TN 38115
Mike's Hot Wings*
6825 Winchester Road Memphis, TN 38115
Bluff City Crab*
3705 Malco Way Suite 102 Memphis, TN 38125
106 GE Patterson Ave Memphis, TN 38103
Phillip Ashley Chocolates*
798 Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104
MaKeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies (2 locations)
2370 Airways Blvd Memphis, TN 38114
Sweets by Chan
Contact Via Facebook and Instagram
ElectroLyfe Juice Bar ( 2 Locations)
4466 Elvis Presley Blvd Suite 164 Memphis, TN 38116
PO Box 16465 Memphis, TN
94 S Main Street Memphis, TN 38103
WKND Hang Suite*
115 Vance Ave Memphis, TN 38103
South Memphis Farmers Market
(Black Farmers Come to Sell Their Produce)
1400 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis, TN 38106
97 N. Main Street Memphis, TN 38103
D. Arthur’s Catering*
901-300-0026 (Desmond A. Robinson)
I have included the flyer for Memphis Black Restaurant Week. There are some Black owned restaurants on the flyer that aren't listed on the blog. Also, I will add the link to the website so that you may get all the details for what will be taking place during the week.
Goods and Services
A Tour of Possibilities (ATOP Memphis)
Instagram @atopmemphis Facebook A Tour of Possibilities LLC
GRF Financials (CPA Firm)
Instagram @grf_financials Facebook GRF Financials
City Tasting Tours*
Instagram @citytastingtours Facebook City Tasting Tours
Xpressive Designs 101
Instagram @xpressivedesigns101 Facebook Xpressive Designs 101
BeLeaf Cigar Lounge
4593 Elvis Presley Blvd Memphis, TN 38116
Instagram @beleafcigarcompany Facebook BeLeaf Cigar Company
A. Lever Studio
Instagram @antoinelever Facebook @antoinelever
Kinetics Media Group*
Tri State Bank
4606 Elvis Presley Blvd Memphis, TN 38116
Instagram @tristatebank Facebook Tri-State Bank of Memphis
Instagram @cxffeeblack Facebook Cxffeeblack
Instagram @2livesipz Facbeook 2LiveSipz, LLC
Instagram @unexpectedfilms901 Facebook Unexpected Film
The Elephant Ear- Green Thumb Services
Instagram @Theelephantear Facebook The Elephant Ear- Green Thumb Services
Taylor Made Barber Beauty Supply
3449 Austin Peay Hwy Memphis, TN 38128
Instagram tm_taylormade Facebook Taylor Made Barber Beauty Supply
D&F Hilltop Liquors*
3277 Kirby Parkway Memphis, TN 38115
Hair, Nails, and Skin
425 N Watkins Street Memphis, TN 38104
Gifts from Nature
80 Tillman St. Ste. 108 Memphis, TN 38111
Makeup by Paris Chanel *
Flawlessly Fierce Cosmetic Services by Heather Boddie
Instagram beautifulkarmaonly and beautifulkarma_only
Glam Me Up Kena by Shekena Robinson
Natural Hair Affair* (Book Caresse)
2869 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38111
Forever Young Beauty Bar
750 N Germantown Pkwy Suite 110 Memphis, TN 38018
D'Stinguished Hair Extensionz
Polish Girl Nail Café
2852 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN 38111
September Nail Salon*
2101 Merchants Row #1 Memphis, TN 38138
MakeUp By Dr. Nikki*
Instagram @dr_nikkiedwards @dr_nikki_makeup
Maddie's Minks by Andrea Teal
KleSure Hair Studio
1200 Sycamore View Ste. 102 Memphis, TN 38134
The S.O. What! Foundation*
This organization helps youth overcome obstacles and eliminate excuses
by providing hope, love, support, encourage, direction, and training.
Memphis Urban League Young Professionals*
This organization is a service oriented leadership organization promoting
the development of young professionals and serving their affiliates
through social and community actions.
This organization is a development organization for
high school and college students in the Mid-South.
901 Natural Cutie
This organization's mission is to promote positive images, people
and activities in the African American community.
Cynthia Daniels & Co.
This organization creates events for professionals. Cynthia Daniels & Co, is a full-service event planning and design company that specializes in executing large-scale corporate and social events.
JUICE Orange Mound
This organization exist to unite, empower, and support each resident
in HISTORIC Orange Mound by finding and funding innovative ideas within the community.
The Collective (CLTV)
This organization's mission is to inspire and cultivate creativity within the
our community, to provide a platform for African American artists in Memphis to display
their talents, and use that creative expression as a vehicle to uplift our community.
Just City Memphis
This organization's mission is to advance policies and programs within Shelby County and the State of Tennessee that strengthen the right to counsel and mitigate the damage caused to families and neighborhoods as a result of contact with the criminal justice system.
This organization educates, promotes awareness, and provides a positive
outlet for individuals who have become prisoners to issues and roadblocks.
Facebook and Instagram @mytaylorsworld
Perfectly Me & Proud LLC.
This organization is committed to eradicating stigma and low self-esteem
in women by embracing, educating, and empowering the total woman.
Facebook and Instagram @Perfectly Me & Proud
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