Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Fort Assumption

Marker ID: THC 4E 17
Location: at Tom Lee Park, Riverside Drive, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


South of here, at the highest part of the bluff, on Assumption Day, August 15, 1739, Fort Assumption was erected by Sieur de Bienville, French Governor of Louisiana. This was the first structure built by Europeans in Shelby County, and the third such in Tennessee.