Historic Markers Across Tennessee

T.H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home

Marker ID: THC 4E 127
Location: Shelby County, in Memphis, 680 Lauderdale St.
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 7.729    W 090° 2.662
  35.12881666    -90.04436666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Founded in 1902 by Thomas H. Hayes, Sr., T.H. Hayes and Sons Funeral Home is considered Memphis's oldest Black business. Originally located at 242 Poplar, the business moved to 680 Lauderdale in 1918. Hayes was active in other business affairs including the National Negro Business League founded by Booker T. Washington in 1900. In 1933, he was cofounder of Union Protective Life Insurance Co. A son, Thomas, Jr., owned the Birmingham Black Barons, of which baseball great Willie Mays was a member.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.