People's Grocery

People's Grocery (HM26U4)

Location: Memphis, TN 38126 Shelby County
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N 35° 7.163', W 90° 2.316'

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Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell, and Will Stewart, all African-Americans and co-owners of People's Grocery (located at this site), were arrested in connection with a disturbance near their store. Rather than being brought to trial, they were lynched on March 9, 1892. Moss' dying words were, "Tell my people to go west—there is no justice for them here." This lynching prompted Ida B. Wells, editor of Memphis Free Speech, to begin her anti-lynching campaign in this country and abroad.
HM NumberHM26U4
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 769880 N 3890296
Decimal Degrees35.11938333, -90.03860000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 7.163', W 90° 2.316'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 7' 9.78" N, 90° 2' 18.96" W
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Area Code(s)901
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1010-1026 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis TN 38126, US
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