Orange Mound

Orange Mound was the first planned community built for and by African-Americans in the south. Middle-class black Memphians purchased inexpensive plots of land. Black-owned businesses flourished until the 1980s chronic disinvestment brought widespread crime and poverty. Today there is a strong, resident-led network of community and faith organizations and a stronger sense of history and neighborhood pride. The heart of Orange Mound is Melrose High School and its award-winning football team.

Feature StoryGuests discuss a set of photographs at The CMPLX grand opening. (Shelda Edwards)

The CMPLX opens to packed house in Orange Mound


Feature StoryArtist Khara Woods (Submitted)
Feature StoryMelrose Football

High Ground News video team receives two Emmy nominations


Feature StoryExpectant moms received diapers, wipes, baby clothes, a co-sleeper and more. (Cole Bradley)
Development NewsVolunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Development NewsHeights Line enhancement project
Development NewsSt. Patrick Presbyterian Church
Development NewsLamar Avenue corridor

Lamar Avenue repair and expansion on the way


Development NewsReadbox

Memphis Public Libraries use Readbox to build awareness


Feature StoryComposting takes place at the Compost Fairy's facility. (Submitted)

Memphis compost service turns food waste into rich soil


Innovation & Job NewsVolunteers from SunTrust Bank were on hand to help students work through their personal finance scenarios of managing a budget, balancing a checking account and preparing for unseen expenses.
Development NewsMLK Day of Service

City fights blight for MLK Day of Service


Feature StoryThe supply of decorated cakes is thinning at the Orange Mound Kroger. (Brandon Dahlberg)

Orange Mound residents protest their closing grocery store


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