Good morning, Memphis, where the Bluff City is celebrating the legacy of Ida B. Wells with a series of events leading up to the unveiling of a statue of her on Friday.
A Sunday worship service kicked off the week which has included a panel discussion about the legacy of Wells, the pioneering civil rights advocate and journalist who fought against racism, segregation and lynching, our Katherine Burgess reports.
Thursday, a wreath-laying will be held at 10 a.m. on the 1500 Block of North Second St., the site of the lynching of Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell and Will Stewart; friends of Wells. The group will then march to Zion Community Cemetery to lay a wreath on the grave of Moss.
The celebration concludes Friday, (July 16 is Wells’ birthday) with a parade from Beale and Main to Beal and Fourth and the unveiling of the life-sized statue of Wells at 11 a.m.
Two descendants of Wells, Michelle Duster and Daniel Duster, will be in Memphis for the unveiling.
All events are being put on by the Memphis Memorial Committee. For complete information, visit https://www.idabwellsmemphis.org/.
Creating Orange Mound Tower
A tower on Lamar Avenue that hovers above Orange Mound will soon become a center for arts, business and community development, called the Orange Mound Tower, thanks to two local Black arts organizations, our Bob Mehr reports in this story for subscribers.
“We see the Orange Mound Tower as a hub of Black innovation,” said Victoria Jones of Tone, which along with Unapologetic are the two organizations behind the project. “Art has always been an integral part of innovation. And if we’re able to serve as that cornerstone by empowering small Black business and Black organizations, and to do that in the Blackest neighborhood… well, that changes everything.”
Unapologetic and Tone purchased the property last year for $400,000. They are negotiating to purchase another three acres to be developed as residential property.
Change in vaccine outreach efforts
The Tennessee Department of Health will halt all adolescent vaccine outreach – not just for coronavirus, but all diseases – amid pressure from Republican state lawmakers, our colleague Brett Kelman reports.
The health department will also stop all COVID-19 vaccine events on school property, despite holding at least one such event this month. The decisions to end vaccine outreach and school events come directly from Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, the internal report states.
Possible hepatitis A exposure
Anyone who recently dined at Zayde’s Deli in East Memphis should promptly receive a vaccination for hepatitis A, our Laura Testino reports.
The Shelby County Health Department said a worker at the East Memphis restaurant inside Memphis Jewish Community Center was handling food while ill or infectious, potentially exposing customers to the virus.
The health department recommends the vaccine as a preventative measure for people who ate or drank at the deli or ordered takeout between June 29 and July 7.
Building a future in Frayser
Porsche Stevens was hired to lead The Frayser Connect, an arm of the Frayser Community Development Corporation, in March. She sat down with our Corinne Kennedy to discuss the organization and the future of the neighborhood in this story for subscribers.
“We encourage people to come hang out, like at the Frayser summer concert series. That would be a start, to show up at 1635 Georgian Drive for some live music. We want the media to see people in 38127 like to socialize, they like to get out and enjoy live music and have a beer with their family and friends. That’s the picture that we’re not seeing,” Stevens said.
A Collierville parking garage?
The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a purchase agreement to acquire about an acre of land north of the historic Town Square to potentially add a parking garage, our Dima Amro reports.
If the land is purchased and the garage approved, it would provide an additional 309 parking spots to the approximately 400 spots already in Town Square.
The town now has 120 days to determine if the site is fit for the garage, consider the town’s ability to establish a tax increment financing district, develop construction plans for preliminary cost estimates, hold public hearings and subdivide the area.
Redbirds pitcher going to Olympics
Brandon Dickson played baseball in Japan for the past eight years until signing a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals — which then assigned him to Memphis.
This month, the 36-year-old pitcher will travel back to Japan to play for Team USA in the Olympics, our Claire Kuwana reports.
“I mean, my goal was just to play as long as I could, you know, and provide for my family. So this is kind of, it’s a goal that I didn’t realize was achievable, I guess you could say. I mean, it’s kind of like a dream beyond a dream, so to speak,” Dickson said.
Dann Miller is the senior consumer experience director for The Commercial Appeal. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @dannmiller.
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