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cultural-heritage-in-swm_white-backgroundWelcome to the Southwest Memphis website. This website is designed  to be a resource in the community, containing information, interviews, and resources pertaining to Southwest Memphis.

Visit the African American Cultural Heritage portion of this website for information about the African American Cultural Heritage in Southwest Memphis Exhibit at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. This exhibit was created by Southwest Memphis high school students.

The People of Southwest Memphis section contains video footage of Memphis residents exploring their life history, and the history of the Southwest Memphis area. The oral histories contained in this section include remembrances of many historical events like the Civil Rights Era and Jim Crow Legislation. Topics are also explored on an individual level, as the storytellers who recall events pertaining to their lives throughout South. Our storytellers also discuss how each individual’s life has been impacted Southwest Memphis.

The Research Center contains links to documents, articles, flyers, memories, and letters—all pertaining to Southwest Memphis.

Our Important Places section contains accurate information about the highly publicized areas of Voodoo Village and Boxtown, as well as, information on Southwest Memphis community resources like T.O. Fuller State Park, and the Westwood Neighborhood Association.

Lastly, our contact page is a way for you to add your comments and make contributions to this website.

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Unknown Authors
The author of this paper, Reverend Thomas Oscar Fuller 1867-1942, is unknown. If you know who authored this paper, please contact the website administration.

The author and title of the source we used in our Boxtown’s Beginnings article is unknown. If you recognize the quotes, or know who authored this paper, please contact the website administration. 

Photo taken from http://newdeal.feri.org/library/a92.htm Agency : CCC Owner : NARA (SPB) Medium : B&W Photo Control Number : RG 35-GE-3D-3

Photo taken from http://newdeal.feri.org/library/a92.htm
Agency : CCC
Owner : NARA (SPB)
Medium : B&W Photo
Control Number : RG 35-GE-3D-3

CCC Company 1464
Do you have any photos, articles, or stories about the CCC Company 1464? CCC Company 1464 was an all black CCC group responsible for the construction of T.O. Fuller State Park. The C. H. Nash Museum, and the Southwest Memphis website are collecting information on these individuals. Contact us through our website page, or call the C.H. Nash Museum at (901) 785-3160.

President's Island One Room Schoolhouse Picture taken from http://oneroomschoolhouseateasthighschool.blogspot.com

President’s Island One Room Schoolhouse Picture taken from President’s Island One Room Schoolhouse

President’s Island One Room Schoolhouse
Visit the President’s Island One Room Schoolhouse website for historical information surrounding the last, one room schoolhouse in Shelby County. Students at East High School started a project to save the President’s Island Schoolhouse and convert it into a small museum. The students also conducted oral histories with former school students. Information about the Freedmen’s Bureau, Rosenwald Schools, and the President’s Island school can all be found on this blog. To learn more about the work these students did, readPreservation Effort leads to History Honor July 20, 2010 or East High Students Plan Restoration of one-room Schoolhouse April 30, 2010.