Notable Black Memphians

by Miriam DeCosta-Willis

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Their Lives Are a Testament


Chapter 1: Notable Black Memphians

Albert, Laurence

Alston, Bettye J. Harris

Armstrong, Lillian Hardin "Lil"

Bailey, D'Army

Bailey, Walter Lee, Jr.

Bailey, William C. "Buster"

Bankhead, Daniel Robert "Dan"

Banks, Frank

Barry, Marion Shepilov, Jr.

Bisson, Wheelock Alexander

Blackfoot, J. "Foot"

Blackmon, Joyce McAnulty

Blackmore, Amos (AKA Junior Wells)

Bland, Bobby "Blue"

Bodden, Ira Swithin

Booth, Benjamin Franklin

Boyd, Robert Richard "Bob"

Branch, Addison A.

Brandon, Otha Leon

Brawner, Clara Arena

Brewer, Harper

Brewster, William Herbert

Bridges, Josephine Valeria Johnson "Jo"

Broughton, Virginia E. Walker

Brown, Donald

Brown, George Henry, Jr.

Brown, Joe

Brown, Lawyer Edward

Bryce, Harry A.

Buckley, Harriet Ann

Bunton, Henry C.

Byas, Andrew D.

Calloway, DeVerne Lee

Campbell, Lucie Eddie

Cannon, Gus

Cantrell, Anderson

Carter, Marlin "Pee Wee"

Cassels, Thomas Frank

Champion, Charles

Chatman, Peter II "Memphis Slim"

Chisholm, Bridget

Church, Robert Reed

Church, Robert Reed, Jr.

Church, Sara Roberta

Clark, LeRoy D.

Clayborne, Beverly Sarah "The Pie Lady"

Cleaborn, Edward O.

Cleaves, Irene Curtis

Clouston, Joseph

Cobb, Joyce

Cochran, Flora Cole

Coleman, Veronica Freeman

Conley, Larry

Cook, Vivian Elma Johnson

Crawford, Alvin Howell

Crawford, Bennie Ross "Hank"

Crenshaw, Cornelia

Criss, William "Sonny"

Crossley, Callie

Davis, Fred

DeBerry, Lois

Dickey, Eric Jerome

Donald, Bernice Bowen

Dotson, Phillip Randolph "Phil"

Douglas, Lizzie "Memphis Minnie"

Draper, O'Landa

Evers, O. Z.

Falls, Montee Theresa Norman

Familoni, Jumi Olajumoke

Finch, Larry O.

Flowers, Arthur R.

Ford, Harold Eugene

Ford, Harold Eugene, Jr.

Ford, Newton Jackson

Franklin, Aretha

Frazier, Levi, Jr.

Freeman, Morgan

Fuller, Thomas Oscar

Gayles, Gloria Jean Wade

Gilliam, Dorothy Butler

Gilliam, Herman Arthur, Jr. "Art"

Green, Leorns "Al"

Green, Mildred Denby

Griggs, Emma J. Williams

Griggs, Sutton Elbert

Guy-Sheftall, Beverly

Hamilton, Green Polonius

Hampton, Luther

Handy, William Christopher

Hardaway, Anfernee Deon "Penny"

Harris, Joseph "FreeJoe"

Harvey, Peggy Ann Prater

Hassell, Frances Massey

Hayden, Frank, Jr.

Hayes, Isaac

Hayes, Thomas Henry

Hedgeman, Lulah McEwen

Henderson, George W.

Henderson, Morris

Henry, Wiley, Jr.

Herenton, Willie Wilbert

Holloway, George L.

Hooks, Benjamin Lawson

Hooks, Julia Ann Britton

Horne, Onzie O.

Horton, Odell

Hoskins, Ollie Braxton "Nightingale"

Hulbert, Maurice "Fess"

Hunt, Blair Theodore, Jr.

Hunt, George

Hunter, Alberta

Hutchins, Fred Lew

Hyter, James A.

Jackson, Alvin O'Neal

Johnican, Minerva

Johnson, Jason Miccolo

Jones, Fred, Jr.

Jones, Thomas Oliver

Jones, Velma Lois

Jordan, Dewitt W., Jr.

Joysmith, Brenda

Kateo, Loretta Hicks

Kelley, Frances Burnett

King, Albert

King, Riley "B. B."

Kyles, Samuel Billy

Latting, Augustus Arvis "Doc"

Lawson, James Morris, Jr. "Jim"

Lee, George Washington

Lee, Tom C.

Lewis, Robert Stevenson

Lewis, Walter "Furry"

Light, Joe Lewis

Lincoln, Charles Eric

Lipscomb, Robert

Little, James

Little, Vera

Lockard, Hosea T.

Love, John Robinson

Lunceford, James Melvin "Jimmie"

Lyke, James Patterson

Lynk, Miles Vandahurst

Maburn, Harold

McCleave, Florence Cole Talbert

McCray, Shirley Yvonne

Martin, Reginald

Martin, William S.

Mason, Charles Harrison

Mathis, Verdell L. "Lefty"

Miller, Mulgrew

Mitchell, Willie

Morris, Alma

Morris, Herman, Jr.

Muhammid, Talib-Karim

Nelson-West, Benetta

Newborn, Phineas, Jr.

Olive, Benjamin Garfield, Jr.

Owen, Samuel Augustus

Pace, Harry Herbert

Patterson, Gilbert Earl

Patterson, James Oglethorpe

Patton, Georgia E. L.

Porter, David

Price, Hollis Freeman

Riley, Larry

Robinson, Kenneth Stanley

Roddy, Bert Maynard

Sawyer, Chew Cornelium

Scott, Joe Burt

Settle, Josiah T.

Shaw, Edward

Shaw, Lily Patricia Walker "Pat"

Shaw, Lucy Mae Yates

Smith, Maxine Atkins

Smith, Otis Milton

Smith, Vasco Albert, Jr.

Spillers, Hortense J.

Steinberg, Martha Jean

Stevens, Rochelle

Stuart, Merah Stevens

Stuckey, Elma Johnson

Stuckey, Ples Sterling

Sugarmon, Russell Bertram, Jr.

Swingler, Lewis Ossie

Taylor, Cora Price

Taylor, Lonzie Odie

Terrell, Mary Church

Thomas, Carla

Thomas, Rufus

Thomas, Sheree Renee

Thornton, Matthew

Toles, Elizabeth

Turner, Elaine Lee

Turner, Jesse Hosea

Urevbu, Ephraim Muvire

Venson, Ethyl Belle Horton

Wade, Theo

Walker, Antonio Maceo

Walker, Joseph Edison

Walter, Ronald Anderson "Ron"

Washington, David Whittier

Weathers, Luke J.

Wells, Ida Bell

Whalum, Kirk Wendell

Whalum, Wendell Phillips

Wharton, A. C., Jr.

White, Augustus A., III

White, Maurice

Whittaker, John W. II

Wilbun, Shepperson A.

Wilburn, Emma Currin Barbee

Williams, Eddie N.

Williams, James

Williams, Nathaniel Dowde "Nat D."

Williamson, Juanita V.

Williamson, Kenneth

Willis, Archie Walter, Jr.

Wilson, Lucious Alexander

Winchester, Marie Louise Amarante Loiselle "Mary"

Withers, Dedrick "Teddy"

Withers, Ernest C.

Woodruff, Georgia Rodgers

Yates, Albert Carl


Chapter 2: Other Notables


Appendix A: Chronology by Birth Dates


Appendix B: Occupations


Photo Credits


Selected Bibliography


Index


 

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