Whitehaven

Whitehaven is the largest neighborhood in South Memphis. It’s a majority African-American, middle class neighborhood with high homeownership and community involvement. Whitehaven is home to Graceland, the second most visited attraction in the U.S., and the city’s first enclosed mall, Southland Mall. A $40 million improvement to Elvis Presley Boulevard along with new business investment is the next step for the community. While smaller business are common, the neighborhood is hoping to attract more upscale and large-scale retailers and restaurants to support its growing culture and economy.

Feature StoryElizabeth Frey, Marilyn Trigg, and John Maurer of the Dorcas Society of St. Peter's Catholic Church play pool at the underground bomb shelter. (University of Memphis special collections)

The 'ritziest bomb shelter in the South' sits abandoned in Memphis


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Feature StoryAir Kingz Custom Airbrushing at the Southland Mall. (Brandon Dahlberg)
Feature StoryA cardboard Elvis display in front of various signs at Boulevard Souvenirs. (Brandon Dahlberg)
Feature StoryGirls from Memphis Area Youth Association youth group, which is made up of students in 5th through 7th grade, perform one of their routines. (Brandon Dahlberg)
Feature StoryJohnathan Bush, 7, examines a rock during a science lession as Dr. Collins looks on. (Brandon Dahlberg)

How an internationally-awarded educator engages Memphis children


Feature Story The Healing Races draw hundreds of people annually to Whitehaven.
Feature StoryDr. Charles Champion in his pharmacy office. (Rachel Warren)
Feature StoryJonathan Logan, president of Castle Black Construction, offered several concrete solutions to address Memphis’ poor record of awarding minority contracts. (KIrstin Cheers)
Feature StoryHazel Moore is known as the Mayor of Whitehaven.

Video: Meet the unofficial mayor of Whitehaven


Feature StoryAntonio and Jason Gardner, co-owners of BeLeaf Cigar Lounge opened their brick and mortar location in November 2017.
Feature StoryA customer at Hazel's Hair Fashions reads a textbook at the Whitehaven salon. (Brandon Dahlberg)
Development NewsMLK Day of Service

City fights blight for MLK Day of Service


Feature StoryA graffitied sign for Graceland Parking on Elvis Presley Boulevard. (Brandon Dahlberg)

More than Graceland: Whitehaven's 200-year history


Feature StoryA student studies at the Whitehaven library branch. (Renee Davis Brame)

Memphis Public Libraries 'start here' by upgrading neighborhood branches


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


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