Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Edward Shaw

Marker ID: THC 4E 101
Location: Walker Avenue in front of LeMoyne-Owen College between McDowell and Neptune streets, Memphis, TNĀ 
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


In 1870, Edward Shaw became the first Memphis Black to run for U.S. Congress. Though he did not win, he was active in politics, serving on the County Commission, the City Council, and as Wharfmaster in the 1870s. In 1875, Shaw was editor of a black newspaper, The Memphis Planet, and, in 1880, he escorted General U.S. Grant, who was in Memphis to visit Beale Street Baptist Church and LeMoyne-Normal Institute.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission