Second Annual Trailblazer Awards Presented by Memphis Heritage Trail Announced

(January 24, 2020 – Memphis, TENN) The Division of Housing and Community Development, Memphis Heritage Trail Project will honor Memphis Women Shaping Cultural Advancements with the Trailblazer Awards on February 6, 2020.  The program will take place at the Paradise Entertainment Center (645 Georgia Ave., Memphis, TN 38126) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. The luncheon is free and open to the public. Attendees must RSVP at

Honorees for the event include: Chrysti Chandler, Bev Johnson, Deidre Malone, Carey Moore, Deanie Parker, Patrice Bates Thompson, Linda Steel, Miriam DeCosta-Willis, PhD and the National Civil Rights Museum.  Each recipient was selected for advancing Memphis’ civil and human rights and carrying the torch to uphold African-American culture in the arts and business.

“Each of the women that we have the honor of recognizing this year have made significant strides in the advancement of our city and our citizens,” said Felicia Harris, Administrator of Planning and Development for the City of Memphis. “I cannot think of a better way to advance the purpose of Memphis Heritage Trail than to highlight why this project is even possible.  Through the collective hard work and dedication of many people, we have been able to elevate Memphis.”

The program also will provide Memphians with an overview of the MHT current phase and plan that has projected opportunities of an economic development impact for more than 1,000 jobs and $84 million in tourism revenue when completed.