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.

Feature Story Archie Willis rides the Madison Avenue trolley bus through Madison Heights. (Ziggy Mack)

In Photos: More Memphis neighborhoods revisited


Feature Story Teacher Brian Hanson teaching ALLMemphis' custom phonics curriculum to a group of students at Power Center Academy Elementary School - Hickory Hill. (ALLMemphis)

Race, wealth, and literacy in Memphis: Why third grade matters


Feature Story The Panorama Movement gym in Memphis' Fairgrounds area sits empty but its many of its services have continued online. (Submitted)

How three local gyms are helping people stay fit from home


Feature Story A dancer performs at the Orange Mound Progressive Club's centennial celebration in September 2019. (Submitted, Tyrone P. Easley)

For 101 years, Orange Mound Progressive Club has served its community


Feature Story L to R: Community Correspondents Ian Randolph, Ivy Arnold, and Monique Rials listen attentively to a conversation on journalist ethics lead by trainer, Micaela Watts. (Cat Evans)

Video: When neighbors make the news


Feature Story Last year's VISUALS & VIBES was held at The CMPLX in Orange Mound and featured traditional gallery art alongside art forms not typically found in a gallery show, like pole dancing. This year's event promises the same. (Christaian Williams)
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Feature Story School nurse Patricia McCraw prepares medication for a student at A.B. Hill Elementary. McCraw is part of a school nurse pilot program facilitated by Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Shelby County Schools and Urban Child Institute. (Cat Evans)

Can nurses keep kids in class? Pilot program seeks answer


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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)
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