Vanishing Memphis Landmarks

Three things that Memphis known for are being the home of Elvis Presley, being the city in which Martin Luther King, Jr died. and being one of the nation’s top three roughest cities.

Remembering from whence it came, Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. strives to reclaim Memphis’s world-changing heritage before it vanishes, one building at a time.

It is beginning with Clayborn Temple. Clayborn Temple is not only one of the oldest buildings in Memphis but it also carries the historical significance of being the gathering point of the last Civil Rights march Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ever led.

 

Beginning in February 1968, each day at noon, sanitation workers would gather at Clayborn Temple to march downtown in protest to working conditions and salaries.

 

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Original stained glass window that graces the front of the church. 

 

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It is during one of those marches to downtown Memphis,  Rev. James Lawson proclaimed, “For at the heart of racism is the idea that a man is not a man, that a person is not a person. You are human beings. You are men. You deserve dignity.”

 

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                  Gathering of sanitation workers and supporters outside of Clayborn Temple.                           Photo credit: Abandoned Southeast 

 

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This banner which hangs from the balcony expresses the legacy of Clayborn Temple, to worship and to save 

 

 

 

 

Clayborn Temple is a piece of heritage that Memphis cannot allow to vanish.

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