South Memphis

South Memphis Shalom Zone barbecue contest encourages residents to seek peaceRead Article

The fourth annual South Memphis barbecue cook-off brings churches and residents together intentionally to foster a safer, vibrant community.
Vintage advertisements and packages from Lucky Heart Cosmetics' products are on display at the new storefront at 939 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard.

State-of-the-art early childhood academy set to open in South MemphisRead Article

A focal point of the new Porter-Leath school will be the teacher excellence program developed in partnership with Shelby County Schools to provide continual training for preschool educators.
South Memphis house boat

In photos: Stop the Violence Block Party celebrates a 20-year run in South MemphisRead Article

Mid-June means community on Tate Street. For the past 20 years, South Memphis resident Betty Isom has hosted a Stop the Violence Block Party, which is meant to inspire pride in the community and decry violence.

This black beauty company survived segregation in Memphis. Now it faces off against e-commerce.Read Article

Founded in 1935, Lucky Heart Cosmetics has seen its share of changes. The black beauty product manufacturer has opened its first retail store in the hopes of attracting its next generation of loyal customers.
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Founded as an agricultural community, South Memphis was stable and close-knit until the 1950s when businesses and families began relocating to the suburbs. Ill-conceived “revitalization” in the 1980s leveled many early buildings and accelerated the decline. Today, it is one of the city’s most economically challenged but culturally rich neighborhoods. The Soulsville area attracts thousands of tourists each year while resident-led revitalization has steered recent investments towards an area farmers market as well as a childcare and family center. South Memphis is also home to numerous community gardens, LeMoyne Owen College, and the famous Four Way Grill.

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.
Innovation & Job NewsA resident looks on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Coamo, Puerto Rico.

How to get involved with Memphis' relief efforts for Puerto Rico


Development NewsPorter-Leath Early Childhood Development Center
Development NewsNational Manufacturing Day
Innovation & Job NewsHug Neighborhood Park Friends encourages engagement with city parks with activities like bicycle clubs and rodeos.

Adopt-A-Park program ramping up the call for volunteers


Development NewsFolks from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the school, St. Andrew's Church and neighbors from nearby businesses came out to work together and get the project finished in time for Friday's grand opening. Download permissions

South City school to benefit from long awaited playground


Feature StoryListen To America Small

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


Development NewsJeff Tumlin

New public speaker series to address importance of urban planning


Development NewsHanan Hishe Soulsville Market
Feature StoryThe demolition of Foote Homes began in July.

South City: Housing a neighborhood in transition


Feature StoryLiz Gutierrez, founder and CEO of Enterprising Latinas.

How to create jobs and help neighborhoods prosper? Support local entrepreneurs


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


Feature StoryThe boarded up storefront on Vance Avenue near Danny Thomas Boulevard most recently served as a corner store.

Unbanked: The high cost of doing business in ZIP 38126