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Memories of a Massacre


One-hundred and fifty years ago this May, a conflict between local policemen and African American soldiers set off three days of rioting in Memphis and resulted in the deaths of nearly 50 people — almost all African Americans.  Now known as the Memphis Massacre, this event heavily influenced the path of Reconstruction and the eventual passage of the Fourteenth Amendment.  Over the next three months, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary, the University of Memphis and the National Park Service are partnering with several local institutions for a series of discussions, lectures, and book talks with the goal of bringing greater public awareness to this pivotal–yet largely unknown– event in our history.

The full calendar of events, more information about the Massacre, and links to resources are all available at the University of Memphis’  Memories of a Massacre website. The Memphis Public Library & Information Center will be hosting two of these events:  “Great Conversations — The Memphis Massacre” with Dr. Timothy Huebner on March 22 at 5:30 pm and a Book Discussion led by Drs. Bond and O’Donovan on April 14th at 6 pm.

The Memphis and Shelby County Room houses several items relating to life in Memphis during this time period, including two illustrations of the Massacre that were originally published in Harper’s Weekly on May 26, 1866:




(Click either picture to see the full description in Dig Memphis)

Other 19th Century Memphis items may be viewed at the following links: 1820s, 1830s, 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, 1890s.


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University Yearbooks and Publications

The University Libraries of the University of Memphis has partnered with the Internet Archive to make their institutional repositories available through the Internet Archive.  This includes the DeSoto, the yearbook of the University of Memphis, from 1916 to 1996; and the Lantern, the yearbook of Lambuth University, from 1927 to 2009.  Bulletins, catalogs and directories for both the University of Memphis and Lambuth are also available.  You can also browse  the University of Memphis, University Libraries collection at Internet Archive by subject or keyword.

DLynx, the Rhodes College Archives Digital Collection, is available to those who are interested in viewing archival collections, publications and institutional documents from Rhodes.  The Sou’wester, the student newspaper of the college, is available in its entirety, as are many editions of the school’s yearbook, the Lynx.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some embarrassing photos to search for…

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University of Memphis Digital Repositories

Exciting news!

The University Libraries Digital Repository at the University of Memphis has created new photo galleries that are available to the public.  Currently, three collections are available:

  • National African American Photographic Archive
  • Robert R. Church Family of Memphis
  • Sanitation Workers’ Strike, 1968

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