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Kayla Brown evokes African royalty during a Black History Month play at Humes Prep Academy.

Michael Roy paints a mural in North Memphis as part of the 2016 Paint Memphis event.

"There's More to Be Proud Of" by Cat Peņa flutters over the Edge District.

 Colin Kidder's "Raised River Sculpture" at Wolf River Greenway Trace

Derek Stubbs gets his hair cut by Eric Steward, the owner of the Handy Spot in Klondike.

Sichuan Normal University performs at the University of Memphis for the Chinese Lantern Festival

Sunset over the Harahan Bridge

An LED hula hoop lights up "Intrude", an installation by Amanda Parer at the Brooks Museum.

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Angela Adair hugs her husband Robert during Sunday service at Hope City Church in Caldwell-Guthrie's cafeteria in Smokey City.

Join High Ground News for a Klondike Smokey City block party

Celebrate what makes this North Memphis neighborhood great at a fun and free community expo on March 31. 

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Video: North Memphis community gardens turn blight into bounty

The Klondike Smokey City CDC community garden in Memhis sows seeds for a neighborhood less burdened by blighted empty lots.

A boarded up home on Bellevue Boulevard in Klondike carries a message to deter break-ins.

Boarded up houses are not a death knell for Klondike Smokey City, neighbors say

A concerted effort is underway in Klondike Smokey City to fight blight and turn vacant lots and boarded-up houses into centers of hope for the neighborhood’s future.

A piece from Joey Miller's "The 5 Fifth" exhibition at Memphis Slim House.

Art galleries in unexpected spaces portray fresh perspectives of Memphis

“All of these galleries are truly reflective of their community,” said Whitney Hardy, founder and executive director of Young Arts Patrons. “They’re not just there because they found cheaper rent and moved in. They’re tied to the community, and they invest in their community.”

Aretha Franklin's birth home at 406 Lucy Avenue.

TV network could save Aretha Franklin's crumbling Memphis home

More than four years after being declared a public nuisance, the South Memphis home where iconic songstress Aretha Franklin was born continues to display the effects of dilapidation and despair, but brighter days may be ahead.

Pastor Colley Cooper preaches during Sunday service at Hope City Church in Caldwell-Guthrie's cafeteria in Smokey City.

As Klondike Smokey City shrinks, churches remain constant

In a declining neighborhood with high population turnover, churches aspire to be anchors in Klondike Smokey City.

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Mapping the decline and revival of Soulsville USA

As a coda to its On the Ground program, the High Ground News team examines the area known as Soulsville USA from its turn-of-the-century designation as a residential hub, the 1960 opening of groundbreaking Stax Records, decades of decline and recently -- revival. 

Jerome Pope (L) and Robert Coates (R) cut hair at The Barber School on Jackson Avenue in Klondike.

The Barber School brings needed job skills to North Memphis

Now in its 17th year, the Barber School in the Klondike neighborhood is a federally accredited school with an average enrollment of 125 students. 

Bradford Williams started Curbside Casseroles in 2007.

Curb Side Casseroles brings Memphis convenience to dinner

Curb Side Casseroles offers convenient home-cooked meals for Memphians too busy to cook or who just want a break from the kitchen.

Kids on the North Memphis Steelers football team practice at the Katie Sexton Community Center.

Youth mentorship smooths childhood challenges in North Memphis

There is a great need for youth mentorship in the Klondike Smokey City community in North Memphis, and it’s a task various neighborhood leaders are tackling head on.
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