Soulsville

Soulsville is one piece of the greater South Memphis area and is arguably one of greatest neighborhoods for fostering music talent. Aretha Franklin, Maurice White, David Porter, Memphis Slim, and Memphis Minnie called Soulsville home while dozens of others made their mark on music history at the Stax and Royal recording studios. While the original Stax studio was demolished, its legacy lives on in the Stax Museum of American Soul and Stax Music Academy. Soulsville is also home to LeMoyne Owen College, Memphis’ only historically Black college.

Feature StoryShelby County Mayor Lee Harris (L) presents the Senior Prom's 2019 Prom Queen Everlena Yarborough. Prom King Clarence Christian watches with pride. (Baris Gursakal)
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On the Ground Podcast: Memphis' modern-day redlining


Feature StoryAster Demekech, 27, is the director of Juice Almighty, a juice bar and café inside of the Memphis Rox climbing facility in South Memphis. (Kim Coleman)

Pay-what-you-can juice bar fuels South Memphis


Feature StoryMore than 50 middle and high school students engaged with local music industry experts and learned about everything from production to publicity to how vinyl records are made at a January 18 event held at Stax Music Academy. (Submitted)
Development NewsVolunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Development NewsHeights Line enhancement project
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Memphis Public Libraries use Readbox to build awareness


Feature StoryRachel Sikes plans her next move up one of the walls at Memphis Rox. (Brandon Dahlberg)
Innovation & Job NewsChoose901 hired Joi Taylor, bottom row, third from left, as their new Alumni coordinator.

Making Memphis a first choice for new graduates


Development NewsBusiness as usual at Kemet Nu bookstore in 1995. (Submitted)

Kemet Nu, Soulsville's bookstore, to re-open as internet cafe


Feature StoryDryers and washing machines can be used at a reduced rate at the South Memphis Alliance laundromat. (Tamara Williamson)

Combination laundromat and community center keeps South Memphis fresh


Feature StoryMarc Gasol chooses a plant at the Chandler Park rehab. (Rebecca Hutchinson)
Feature StoryRoshun Austin, president and CEO of The Works, Inc., a South Memphis nonprofit.

Urban forest II: Growing a green giant in South Memphis


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