South Memphis

Founded as an agricultural community, South Memphis was stable and close-knit until the 1950s when businesses and families began relocating to the suburbs. Ill-conceived “revitalization” in the 1980s leveled many early buildings and accelerated the decline. Today, it is one of the city’s most economically challenged but culturally rich neighborhoods. The Soulsville area attracts thousands of tourists each year while resident-led revitalization has steered recent investments towards an area farmers market as well as a childcare and family center. South Memphis is also home to numerous community gardens, LeMoyne Owen College, and the famous Four Way Grill.

Feature Story Kenzie Cleaves stands inside a vacant unit in her North Memphis apartment complex that she said has been unsecured for over a year. Unsafe housing conditions can increase COVID-19-related deaths. (Ziggy Mack)

In poor communities, toxic housing is a risk factor for COVID-19 deaths


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Feature Story Soulsville USA
Feature Story OtherFoods Kitchen is located at 1249 Heistan Place and serves as a space for food-based startups to kickoff. (Ramona Springfield)
Feature Story Rufus Sykes cracks a smile as he holds the door open for a customer at the South Memphis Grocery on West Mallory Avenue. Sykes co-owns the corner store with other family members. (Malik Martin)

Corner Stores: A South Memphis love story


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


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Feature Story A group of experts convened by the Urban Land Institute spent three days engaging stakeholders and studying several South Memphis parks. They presented their research findings at a public meeting on January 31. (A.J. Dugger)
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 Artist Terry Lynn's original sculpture design will pay homage to Foote Homes, the former public housing project that was raze for redevelopment into the new South City mixed-income development. (Symmbol Sanderlin)

Local artist creating sculpture for South City honoring legacy of Foote Homes


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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