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 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


Development NewsFundamentals 1st Learning Academy

Entrepreneur opens child care centers in underserved communities


Feature StorySaveFirst aims to reduce the amount of people that fall prey to predatory tax services, which often overcharge low-income families upwards of $400 for simple returns.

SaveFirst aims to reduce predatory tax preparation in Memphis


Feature StoryKids start lining up at the home of Deidra Tuggle, the Candy Lady of Orange Mound.

On The Ground Live in Orange Mound


Feature StoryAndrea Morales, On The Ground photographer, instructs a Melrose High student in photo technique.
Feature StoryTiana Pyles became the new executive director of the Orange Mound Development Corporation in July and has goals to increase awareness about Orange Mound through two large scale festivals within the next two years.

Community developers show that Orange Mound is worth investment


Feature StoryJimmy Garner raises his hand during the Sunday service at Beulah Baptist. (Andrea Morales)
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