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 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.

Maintaining place: The challenges of homeownership in Orange Mound


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)
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


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