Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Memphis Martyrs

Marker ID: THC 4E 63
Location: can be reached from Channel 3 Drive, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 7.71    W 090° 4.224
  35.1285    -90.0704
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


In August, 1878, fear of death caused a panic during which 30,000 of 50,000 Memphians fled this bluff city. By October, the epidemic of yellow fever killed 4,204 of 6,000 Caucasians and 946 of 14,000 Negros who stayed. With some outside help, citizens of all races and walks of life, recognizing their common plight in this devastated, bankrupt community, tended 17,600 sick and buried the dead. As a result many of them lost their lives, becoming martyrs in their service to mankind.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.