Hickory Hill

Hickory Hill was part of unincorporated Shelby County until 1999. Today, it's a middle and lower-income, majority-black neighborhood and home to the city's second largest Hispanic community. It was first developed as a collection of upper and middle class, majority-white subdivisions. Economic decline came as chain retailers, industry and investment dollars followed wealthier residents out of area after annexation. Crime rates are higher now and home values lower, but Hickory Hill as a whole is still middle-income compared to the city as a whole. It has important assets including active community groups, a substantial small business community, and Memphis' largest community city. 

Feature Story The Belle Venue's main hall can hold between 200 and 250 people. Countless proms, weddings, family reunions and other special occasions have been held at the venue since it opened in 1972. (A.J. Dugger III)

Hidden Memphis: A step back in time at The Belle Venue


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The History of Hickory Hill, Part I: Big Booms


Feature Story Members of the Hickory Hill Senior Golf Club pose of an official club photo. (Hermon Powers)

Hickory Hill Senior Golf Club tees off for fun, friends and health


Feature Story Juan Antonio Hernandez, owner of El Nuevo Mercadito, poses with his wife, Norma Mendoza, at the restaurant's counter. El Nuevo Mercadito is a Mexican restaurant located inside the El Mercadito de Memphis in Hickory Hill. (A.J. Dugger)
Feature Story L to R: Kinyah Bean, Valerie Braddock and Demetrius Braddock Jr. Bean is the owner of B Chill Lemonade, located inside the former Hickory Ridge Mall. (A.J. Dugger III)

10-year-old CEO takes lemonade to the next level


Feature Story The Reverend Dr. Stacey Spencer. Spencer is senior pastor of New Direction Christian Church, board president of Hickory Hill's Power Center CDC, and chair of the board of Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope. (Melvin Smith)
Feature Story Youth pose for a picture at the Hero Empowerment Center. The center was formally an old arcade that Heal the Hood Foundation transformed into a teen center. (Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis)
Feature Story L to R:  Carbibbean Flayvahz Owners Louis and Carla Faulkner and Chef Robert Coleman are the team behind Caribbean Flayvahz in Hickory Hill. (AJ Dugger III)

A Taste of the Caribbean in Hickory Hill


Feature Story Instructor Roxie Jones leads an energetic group of line dancers at the Hickory Hill Community Center's senior line dancing class. (AJ Dugger III)

Seniors feel the groove at Hickory Hill Community Center


Feature Story Chef Lee Phillips preps a pound cake for the oven. (Cat Evans)

Taking the cake with A Peace O' Cake


Feature Story The new Power Center Academy Elementary School serves grades K-5 from the Mendenhall Square Shopping Center. (Gestalt Community Schools)

Gestalt expands charter schools efforts in Hickory Hill


Feature Story Inés Negrette (R), founder and director of CasaLuz, tables an event at Gaisman Park and Community Center as part of CasaLuz's outreach and awareness work. (CasaLuz)
Feature Story Tre Young plays Pokemon Go on the sidewalk near World Overcomers Church at 6655 Winchester Road. Behind him stands the church's Statue of Liberation through Christ. (Ziggy Mack)

Photos: Welcome to Hickory Hill


Feature Story (L to R) Hickory Hill Community Center's assistant director, Danae Lawrence, her daughter and center volunteer, Mya Brady, and center director, Adrianna Moore pose in the center's lobby. (A.J. Dugger III)
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