Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Church Park

Marker ID: THC 4E 67
Location: Shelby County, in Memphis, Beale Street east of Fourth Street
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 8.342    W 090° 2.858
  35.13903333    -90.04763333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMT59J


Church Park

At this location Church Park and Auditorium was established in 1899 by Robert R. Church Sr., a Memphis business man and former slave, to provide recreational facilities for members of his race who had no other place to meet. Many famous Americans, including Booker T. Washington and Theodore Roosevelt spoke here. After the death of its founder, who had become the first Negro millionaire in the South, the park and auditorium was managed by his son, Robert Church, Jr., who, at this site organized the Lincoln League and the Memphis Chapter N.A.A.C.P., the first chapter in Tennessee.

Tennessee Historical Commission