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 StoryMary Mitchell has lived in Orange Mound, the oldest African American neighborhood in the City of Memphis, her entire life and has collected a wealth a knowledge through the ebbs and flows of time and change.
Feature StoryCheerleaders take a moment between the action at the Melrose High School homecoming pep rally. (Andrea Morales)
Feature StoryNokomis McElroy stands for a portrait in Orange Mound. (Andrea Morales)
Feature StoryAccelerator programs hosted by organizations such as EPICenter Memphis, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co., help entrepreneurs launch businesses and   connect them with pathways to capital. To date, EPICenter has raised more than $16 million in capital.
Feature StoryClub patrons dance and vogue as part of a Kiki Ball at Club Memphis.

Orange Mound club serves the black LGBTQ community


Development NewsNational Manufacturing Day
Feature StoryThe latest chapter in the effort to tap into the Fairgrounds' potential started in 2015, when the Coliseum Coalition was founded. Its goal was to restore the idle structure to its former glory.
Innovation & Job NewsResidents of Memphis Teacher Residency spend a school year in the classroom with a mentor-teacher getting hand-on training.

Memphis Teacher Residency prepares students for success


Feature StoryDeidra Tuggle, the Candy Lady of Orange Mound, and her sister at their grandfather's sundry store.

The Orange Mound Candy Lady fulfills a sweet business tradition


Feature StoryElite Starz of Nashville make their way down the parade route.

In photos: A mile-long community at the Orange Mound parade


Feature StoryListen To America Small

HuffPost, High Ground News & MLK50 to discuss economic inequality in Memphis


Feature StoryMelrose Football

Video: Friday night lights at Melrose Stadium


Development NewsJeff Tumlin

New public speaker series to address importance of urban planning


Development NewsOrange Mound
Feature StoryA game of basketball along Radford Road in Orange Mound.

New leaders bring progress to historic Orange Mound


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