Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Nat D. Williams

Marker ID: THC 4E 104
Location: on Beale Street, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 8.367    W 090° 3.024
  35.13945    -90.0504
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM35JD


In 1948, Nat D. Williams became the first black radio announcer in Memphis when he began broadcasting for WDIA. He was a co-founder of the Cotton Makers Jubilee and is credited with giving the celebration its name. A history teacher in the Memphis City schools, Williams was best known for Amateur Night on Beale Street, which he began in 1935 at the Old Palace Theater. Williams was also a columnist for the Memphis World.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.