Beale Street #1

Beale Street #1 (HM218E)

Location: Memphis, TN 38103 Shelby County
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N 35° 8.4', W 90° 3.229'

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392 Beale Avenue
"There were two types of
culture, I guess you could
say, on Beale Street.
There were the sinners
and there were the saved.
You had your professional
people, your doctors and
business folk. Then you
had those who worked to
have some night life."
Rev. James Jordan

"Well, old Beale Street. Just like
Broadway. That's what it was!
Broadway in miniature. All the
entertainment and everything
to eat. All the sharp men,
pretty girls. The works! It was
right here!"
Andrew Chaplin Jr.

You're standing on the street
where W.C. Handy wrote the
first published blues; where
Robert R. Church Sr., the
South's first Black millionaire,
made his mark; where General
Ulysses S. Grant had a Civil War
headquarters and where he
returned years later to speak as
President; where President
Dwight Eisenhower visited;
where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
marched; where B.B. King and
Elvis Presley got their start.
As you walk down Beale
Street you'll find illustrated panels
like this one that tell a story of
Beale in its heyday from the
1890s through 1960s. They
feature the words and images of
people who knew the street first-
hand and who helped create the
legend that was Beale.

These panels were developed by the Center for
Southern Folklore
with generous support from Holiday
Corporation, the L.J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs
Foundation, and the National Endowment of the
HM NumberHM218E
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] DARY SKAGGS  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 768425 N 3892543
Decimal Degrees35.14000000, -90.05381667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 8.4', W 90° 3.229'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 8' 24" N, 90° 3' 13.74" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)901
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 117-133 Beale St, Memphis TN 38103, US
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