Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Sara Roberta Church

Marker ID: THC 4E 138
Location: at the Robert Church Park on Beale St, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 08.342    W 090° 02.863
  35.13903333    -90.04771666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMT59H


Sara Roberta Church

In 1952, Roberta Church became the first black woman in Memphis to be elected to public office and to the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee. She served as an official in the administrations of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon. In 1987, Church was the first woman and the first Black named Senior Citizen of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Memphis. The daughter of Republican leader Robert R. Church, Jr., and the granddaughter of Robert R. Church, Sr., her death ended three generations of Churches who were economically, politically and socially active in Memphis.

Tennessee Historical Commission