Mapping the decline and revival of Soulsville USARead Article

As a coda to its On the Ground program, the High Ground News team examines the area known as Soulsville USA from its turn-of-the-century designation as a residential hub, the 1960 opening of groundbreaking Stax Records, decades of decline and recently -- revival. 

Four Way serves the soul of Soulsville USARead Article

A Soulsville USA tradition, the Four Way Restaurant has served some of the city’s best soul food for decades.
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TV network could save Aretha Franklin's crumbling Memphis homeRead Article

More than four years after being declared a public nuisance, the South Memphis home where iconic songstress Aretha Franklin was born continues to display the effects of dilapidation and despair, but brighter days may be ahead.
Soulsville Home

Soulsville USA plan looks at what's nextRead Article

Soulsville USA residents and stakeholders move ahead with a neighborhood plan thanks to an 18-month process that examined the needs and wants of the community.
Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Art galleries in unexpected spaces portray fresh perspectives of MemphisRead Article

“All of these galleries are truly reflective of their community,” said Whitney Hardy, founder and executive director of Young Arts Patrons. “They’re not just there because they found cheaper rent and moved in. They’re tied to the community, and they invest in their ...
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Stax helps bring diversity to museum careersRead Article

This summer, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music added some of their youngest staff to date. Area teens worked as interns, getting exposure to arts administration and museum careers.


Soulsville citizens advocate for improvements to Chandler ParkRead Article

The Chandler Park walking trail in Soulsville is getting a makeover through the efforts of a cross-sector collaboration intended to inspire more citizen advocacy for public parks.

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Soulsville is one piece of the greater South Memphis area and is arguably one of greatest neighborhoods for fostering music talent. Aretha Franklin, Maurice White, David Porter, Memphis Slim, and Memphis Minnie called Soulsville home while dozens of others made their mark on music history at the Stax and Royal recording studios. While the original Stax studio was demolished, its legacy lives on in the Stax Museum of American Soul and Stax Music Academy. Soulsville is also home to LeMoyne Owen College, Memphis’ only historically Black college.

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

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New public speaker series to address importance of urban planning

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Feature StoryDr. Steven Euler, right, sets up an appointment with a caller's primary care doctor for further care.

New 9-1-1 initiatives seek to alleviate demands of nonemergency calls

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Memphis 3.0 event maps early progress