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 StoryService Over Self 2

SOS brings home-repair hope to urban communities


Feature Storyeventy five middle and high school students from around Memphis took part in PRIZM Ensemble's largest summer camp festival to date at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church.

Community outreach through classical music


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Know your nonprofits: Theatre Memphis


First Tennessee re-opens branch in Orange Mound


Feature StorySuzanne Carlson

Changing the way we get around


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