The plans for MHT to revitalize Memphis while celebrating the achievements of African-Americans are far-reaching.


A great deal of development is going on within the Memphis Heritage Trail area. The target area boundaries are Beale Street to the North, Crump Blvd to the South, Walnut Street to the East, and Main Street to the West. Two of the projects within and surrounding MHT are the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development funded Foote Homes-South City Choice Neighborhood Initiative and JobsPlus Program, infusing more than $30 million into the community for housing, job creation, attracting investments and spurring local entrepreneurism that is matched by a $30 million investment from the city of Memphis. Other projects include improvements to Robert Church Park, and the $6.2 million investment in the redevelopment of the Universal Life Building. After more than 20 years without signicant changes, the National Civil Rights Museum re-opened after a $27.5 renovation. Other anchor projects in the area include Church of God in Christ’s Mason Village, Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing, Beale Street, Central Station, Chisca Apartments, Main to Main Street Project and Clayborn Temple’s redevelopment.



  1. National Civil Rights Museum
  2. Blues Hall of Fame/ Blues Foundation (421 South Main St.)
  3. Historic Shotgun Houses (372, 376, 378 Mulberry St.)
  4. WLOK Radio Station
  5. Chisca Plaza Development
  6. Baker Historic House Restoration (309 Hernando St.)
  7. Clayborn Temple
  8. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church


  • March for Justice and Jobs (March 22nd, 1968)
  • 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Contraband Camps around Fort Pickering built by fugitive slaves during the Civil War (demolished in 1866)
  • 4,000 United States Colored Troops (USCT) stationed in Memphis during the Civil War
  • Camp Fiske, Camp Shiloh, and Camp Dixie on President’s Island- housing 15,000 people, built over 300 houses, churches, schools, lunchrooms, saloons, and barbershops
  • LeMoyne Owen College started in Camp Shiloh as Lincoln Chapel School for freed slaves
  • 1866 Massacre- All of churches and schools and many homes of camps were burned
  • Freedman’s Bureau- established in Memphis after the Civil War


  1. Orpheum Theater
  2. Tri-State Bank
  3. The Cotton Museum
  4. Beale Street Historic District
  5. A. Schwab’s (163 Beale St.)
  6. Historic Hooks Brothers Studio on Beale
  7. W. C. Handy Park
  8. Jackson’s Drugstore Co. (321 Beale St.)
  9. Historical Daisy Theater
  10. W.C. Handy House Museum
  11. Withers Collection Museum & Gallery
  12. Blues Trail Marker (Third Street by FedExForum)
  13. Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum
  14. Church Saloon and Hotel- demolished (corner Gayoso and Second St.)


  • Dr. J.E. Walker
  • A. Maceo Walker
  • Jesse H. Turner Sr.
  • W. C. Handy
  • Joseph Clouston
  • Historic black neighborhood on the site of FedExForum (excavated and exhibited at the Pink Palace Museum, Memphis)
  • James P. Newton: professional black photographer in Memphis who opened up his studio in 1893 at 134 S. Main


  1. Solvent Savings Bank
  2. Historical First Baptist Beale (379 Beale St.)
  3. Robert R. Church Park and former Auditorium (demolished)
  4. Zion Hall, owned by the Sons of Zion (435 Beale St.)
  5. R. Q. Venson Center
  6. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  7. Universal Life Insurance Building
  8. George W. Lee Building
  9. Hunt Phelan House
  10. Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church
  11. Sun Studio
  12. R. S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home
  13. Southern Funeral Home- demolished (440 Vance Ave.)
  14. Lauderdale Historic Homes
  15. Former Robert R. Church Mansion – demolished (Vance Ave. & S. Lauderdale St.)
  16. Cornelia Crenshaw Library
  17. Mt. Nebo Baptist Church
  18. NAACP
  19. Golden Gate Funeral Home


  • Dr. Georgia Patton Washington
  • Charles Hooks
  • Julia Britton Hooks
  • Rev. Countee
  • Free Speech and Headlight newspapers
  • Robert R. Church Sr., Robert R. Church Jr.
  • Ida B. Wells
  • R. Q. Venson


  1. St. Paul Historic District
  2. Boyd Street Historic Homes
  3. Tate Avenue Historic Homes
  4. Temple Church of God in Christ
  5. T.H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home (demolished)
  6. First Baptist Church Lauderdale (1939-present)
    47. A) First worshiped at Main and Beale St. (1865)
    47. B) 379 Beale Street near Fourth St. (1866-1890)
    47. C) Zion Hall at 217 Beale St. (1890-1906)
    47. D) 495 St. Paul Ave. (former FrasierSt.), (1906.-1939)
  7. Booker T. Washington High School
  8. Foote Homes Redevelopment
  9. Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing (former Cleaborn Homes)
  10. Mason Temple
  11. Lelia Mason Hall
  12. Mason Village
  13. Site of former Martin Park (professional Negro League baseball team)


  • Lt. George W. Lee
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Past ‘heroes and heroines’ of Foote Homes and the former Cleaborn Homes
  • Rev. Morris Henderson
  • Rev. W. S. Ellington
  • Dr. T. O. Fuller
  • Dr. J.M. Nabrit
  • Dr. H. Clarke Nabrit