Historic Markers Across Tennessee



The Gillis Brothers



Marker ID: THC 4E 122
Location: 300 block of Second Street, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
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Waymark: None
 



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Starting business in 1900, Clarence Gillis and his sons Andrew and Cornelius were noted entrepreneurs. They adopted the name "Gillis Brothers" and engaged in several business ventures, the first of which was a grocery located on Polk Street. Later they opened a large wholesale and retail grocery on Beale Street where they also owned and operated a first-class hotel for Blacks.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission