South Memphis, one of the oldest parts of Memphis, Tennessee, is a community that stretches from Midtown and Downtown to Mississippi. South Memphis was incorporated on 6 January 1846, and the election of mayor and eight aldermen took place on the third Saturday of the same month, resulting in the election of Sylvester Bailey, mayor, and A. B. Shaw, H. H. Menus, George W. Davis, W. Howard, J. E. Merriman, John Brown, J. P. Keiser, James Kennedy, aldermen.
The boundaries of South Memphis were defined as follows: On the east, south and west the boundaries are the same as the South Memphis tract, and on the north the boundary line commences in the center of the Mississippi River, opposite the rise of Union Street; thence east with the center of Union Street, as at present laid off until the same intersects with the Pigeon Roost road; thence with the south side of Pigeon Roost road to the east line of the South Memphis tract of land. Several major highways pass through South Memphis, including I-55, U.S. Highway 51 (Elvis Presley Blvd), 61 (South Third) and 64. The South Memphis ZIP codes are 38106, 38109, 38126 and 38116.
South Memphis is blessed with an abundance of fun attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy. Here’s a short list of our favorites:
The Pine Hill Links is a public golf course located at 1005 Alice Ave, Memphis, TN 38106. It has a golf shop, a snack bar, and a practice area. It has 18-hole par 71 course featuring Bermuda fairways with 5,929 yards of the longest tee. Tee Times: come first, serve first.
The birthplace of Aretha Franklin is a historic landmark in Memphis, Tennessee. Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, to Barbara (née Siggers) and Clarence LaVaughn, C. L. Franklin. She was delivered to her family home at 406 Lucy Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee.
Southgate Shopping Center is a shopping mall in South Memphis at Third and Belz Blvd. It has an excellent location to attract residents and staff. It currently has 21 stores.
The Hershey Company, commonly known as Hershey's, is an American multinational company and one of the largest chocolate producers in the world. It also produces baked goods, such as cookies, cakes, milkshakes, drinks and many more that are produced globally. Its headquarters are in Hershey, Pennsylvania, home to Hersheypark and Hershey's Chocolate World.
Depending on your perspective, Interstate Bar-B-Que is notable for a number of different reasons. To many acquaintances of chopped pork and beef, it offers the best barbecue tasting in Memphis, a city considered by many to be the world's barbecue capital. For neighborhood residents and businesses, this is a perfect example of a successful one-man urban renewal campaign. It presented almost unlimited career opportunities to family members.
Residents of South Memphis are blessed to live in an area full of nature while also being quite close to city life. There is never a shortage of coffee shops, parks or shopping centers to enjoy within a five-minute drive of South Memphis. Residents are also able to enjoy a rich spiritual life at the following houses of worship:
The Church Ni Cristo or the Church Of Christ is a Christian religion whose primary purpose is to worship the Almighty God in the manner taught by the Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles as recorded in the Bible. The Church of Christ is the church of all peoples. It is for anyone who embraces true faith, regardless of race, nationality, cultural background, social standing, economic status and educational attainment.
The vision and purpose of the Pearly Gate Missionary Baptist Church is centered on following the format that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ commanded His followers to do, which is to become a fisherman of all mankind, regardless of race, creed or colour. Jesus commands His church to go out into the world, to spread the Gospel, and to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The mission of the Church is to be that light and joy that transforms the lives of the broken-hearted, gives hope to the hopeless and restores faith to the unfaithful.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainstream Protestant church with around 19 million members worldwide, including more than one million in North America. The Adventist Church has 173 hospitals and sanitariums and more than 7,500 schools around the world. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) works for community development and disaster relief in more than 130 countries.
The Church of God in Christ, Inc. (COGIC) is a Christian organization in the tradition of the Holy Pentecost. It's the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States. The membership is predominantly African-American with millions of followers. The Church has congregations in 112 countries all over the world.
St Andrew A.M.E. is one of the most unusual churches in the nation, with an undertaking of ministries, funded programs and corporations that broaden the traditional concept of the "church." Praising God through lively, vibrant and contemporary worship experiences and preaching and teaching The Word, St Andrew's mission is to actively demonstrate their faith in their work. A multifaceted, faith-based social service and community development agency, they are holistically focusing on ministry to Memphis – Spirit, Soul, and Body.
South Memphis is also home to some amazing parks, schools, public libraries and schools for its citizens to enjoy. These facilities are all world-class, beautifully maintained and clean so residents of surrounding communities often visit to enjoy them. Here’s a short list all located in South Memphis:
Porter-Leath has been the primary resource for Memphis' at-risk children and families for more than 170 years. By focusing on the key building blocks of healthy development, they not only give them access to the tools they need, but also a sense of hope. The result is that Porter-Leath helps build stronger children, stronger families and stronger Memphis. A long-lived tradition, there is currently no better investment in Memphis than Porter-Leath. Efficiency, quality and dedication are synonymous with Porter-Leath, making it a solid non-profit with measurable results in Shelby County. The combination of reputation, history, trust and accountability sets Porter-Leath apart from other organizations.
TVTC was formed in October 2000 by local industry and contractors concerned with the availability of a properly trained contractor for the safety requirements needed to work at local industrial sites. The center was chartered as a non-profit corporation by the State of Alabama. The TVTC participates in specific safety awareness training programs with a number of similar safety councils through the Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils, Inc (ARSC).
Memphis Scholars is a two-campus network of public charter schools offering high-quality education to pre-kindergarten to 8th grade students. Established in 2015, the Memphis Scholars network consists of Memphis Scholars Caldwell-Guthrie, who teach Pre-K through Grade 5 in North Memphis, and Memphis Scholars South Campus for Pre-K through Grade 8 in South Memphis. Memphis Scholars is serving alongside the Achievement School District (ASD).
Soulsville Charter School is a public charter school in Memphis, Tennessee. They serve more than 600 students in grades 6 through 12 every day. A U.S. News and World Report nationally ranked high school and 2015 winner of the SCORE Award for Leading Student Learning in Tennessee, they are incredibly proud that 100% of their senior graduates have been accepted to 2-and 4-year colleges to date, and all students receive support along their post-secondary path from alumni counselors.
LaRose Elementary is committed to providing each student with the best learning opportunities to achieve their full academic and social potential. LaRose Elementary's vision is to create a challenging learning environment that encourages high expectations of success through the development of appropriate differentiated instruction that allows for individual differences and learning styles. All learners are encouraged to be self-sufficient, responsible, cooperative and caring members of their communities.