Historic Markers Across Tennessee

People's Grocery

Marker ID: THC 4E 106
Location: 1026 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 7.163    W 090° 2.316
  35.11938333    -90.0386
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


People's Grocery

Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell, and Will Stewart, all African-Americans and co-owners of People's Grocery (located at this site), were arrested in connection with a disturbance near their store. Rather than being brought to trial, they were lynched on March 9, 1892. Moss' dying words were, "Tell my people to go west--there is no justice for them here." This lynching prompted Ida B. Wells, editor of Memphis Free Speech, to begin her anti-lynching campaign in this country and abroad.

Tennessee Historical Commission.