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 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 StoryA student at the South Memphis community cooking class closely inspects her dish. (Cat Evans)

South Memphis locally-owned grocery store launches free cooking classes


Feature StorySteven McKinney teaches math class to his students at Booker T. Washington High School. (Ziggy Mack)
Development NewsVolunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Development NewsThe menu at New Wing Order features 16 different types of wings.

Former Southern Hot Wings Fest champions open new food truck


Development NewsSouthggate Shopping Center rendering
Development NewsHeights Line enhancement project
Development NewsLamar Avenue corridor

Lamar Avenue repair and expansion on the way


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