Church Park Auditorium

Church Park Auditorium (HM212Z)

Location: Memphis, TN 38103 Shelby County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 8.338', W 90° 2.889'

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Established in 1899, Church's park and auditorium was the only such facility in the United States owned entirely by a black man and conducted in the interest of black people.
Standard admission to the auditorium was 15¢ seating capacity was 2200, and Robert Church took a personal hand in management of the facility. Overflow crowds came to see such leading entertainers and politicians as W.C. Handy the Black Patti Troubadours, and the Whitney Musical Company as well as Dr. Booker T. Washington, President Theodore Roosevelt, and early leaders of the Lincoln Republican League and the NAACP.
The gateway overhead is reminiscent of the auditorium. The large lawn area to the south is circumscribed by eight columns. Here one may gain a sense of the grand scale and setting of the original auditorium.
HM NumberHM212Z
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Date Added Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 768945 N 3892443
Decimal Degrees35.13896667, -90.04815000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 8.338', W 90° 2.889'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 8' 20.28" N, 90° 2' 53.34" W
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Area Code(s)901
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 391-397 Beale St, Memphis TN 38103, US
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