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.

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Feature Story Britney Thornton (second from right) helps built a town in an urban planning workshop held at The CMPLX on July 17. (Baris Gursakal)
Feature Story University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are four of the anchor institutions partnering with the Memphis Medical District Collaborative for Hire Local 901. (Submitted)

Hire Local 901 helps Memphians work closer to home


Feature Story Volunteers work in the Coliseum's lower-level loading dock entrance. The building's arena and corridors were lit by task lighting provided by the City of Memphis. (Shelda Edwards)

In photos: Closed since 2007, Mid-South Coliseum reopens for one-day cleanup event


Feature Story A packed house listens to a panel discussion after the screening of ‘How Did We Get Here.’ (Cole Bradley)
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On the Ground Podcast: Memphis' modern-day redlining


Feature Story Guests discuss a set of photographs at The CMPLX grand opening. (Shelda Edwards)

The CMPLX opens to packed house in Orange Mound


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High Ground News video team receives two Emmy nominations


Development News Volunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Development News Heights Line enhancement project
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