R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home

R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home (HM214Y)

Location: Memphis, TN 38126 Shelby County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 8.118', W 90° 2.962'

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Founded in 1914 by Robert Stevenson Lewis Sr. and later operated by sons Robert Jr. and Clarence, the family business became committed to improving the quality of life for African-Americans in the community. Among their achievements, in the 1920s Robert Sr. owned baseball's Negro American League Memphis Red Sox and financed Martin Stadium. also called Lewis Park. In the 1950s Robert Jr. helped establish T.O. Fuller State Park, one of the first state parks open to African-Americans. In 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the nearby Lorraine Motel, Robert Jr. was asked by King's aides to prepare and restore Dr. King's body, which lay in state at R.S. Lewis & Sons. Hundreds gathered for the viewing and memorial service for the civil rights legend.
HM NumberHM214Y
Year Placed2014
Placed ByR.S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home and Shelby County Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 28th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 768846 N 3892033
Decimal Degrees35.13530000, -90.04936667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 8.118', W 90° 2.962'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 8' 7.08" N, 90° 2' 57.72" W
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Area Code(s)901
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 370 Vance Ave, Memphis TN 38126, US
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