Courtesy of our good friend Jimmy Ogle:
With the July 16 ceremony unveiling the bronze statue in her likeness, Ida B. Wells reclaims her place on Beale Street.
However it is worth the reminder that Miss Wells’ presence and legacy in Memphis can be seen and felt all over the city. Here are a few of the places her legacy and memory can be seen:
Tennessee Historical Commission historical marker (4E 85)
Map: Beale Street & Rufus Thomas Blvd (southwest corner)
Tennessee Historical Commission historical marker (4E 106)
Map: Mississippi Blvd and Walker Ave (southeast corner)
Mulberry Street & Huling Avenue – southwest corner on Facing History and Ourselves building, 115 Huling Avenue, across from entry to National Civil Rights Museum
Map: Mulberry Street & Huling Avenue
Mural – Images of Civil Rights
On MLGW Parking Garage – northwest corner of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue & S. Main Street
Map: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue & S. Main Street
Mural – Civil Rights/Soulsville
994 Mississippi Blvd (next to Four Way Grill)
Mural – Wells Fargo Bank branch
42 S. Claybrook Street (across from Tops BBQ & Methodist Central Hospital)
Mural – Main Street Trolley Mall
Muted Belles Sculpture
University of Memphis campus in courtyard at entry UM Art Museum, 3750 Norriswood Avenue
These Women of Power Rose to the Occasion Living Legends Display
New Sardis Baptist Church, 7739 E. Holmes Rd.
Map: New Sardis Baptist Church, 7739 E. Holmes Rd.
As of July 16, 2021, Ida B. Wells is mentioned on another historical marker, is featured on at least one more mural, and has a commanding presence on another street corner. Can you locate/name them? Use comments below