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 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)
Feature StoryA view of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church on Carnes Avenue and Boston Street. (Andrea Morales)
Feature StorySanta visits Orange Mound Outreach Ministries in 2016 during the nonprofit's annual holiday party.

Four ways to give back during the holidays in Orange Mound


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VIDEO: Orange Mound elders tell their community's story


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Feature StoryApproximately 32 percent of homes in Orange Mound are vacant according to data from the US Census.
Feature StoryOrange Mound Raiders founder and coach Antonio Huntsman gives a pep talk to young football players in his sports and mentoring non-profit during a Saturday morning game.
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Video: Landmark Farmers Market keeps Orange Mound healthy


Feature StoryA view of historic Orange Mound.
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)
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