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Black Lives and Contemporary Resistance

The Memphis Massacre

The Memphis Massacre (also known as the Memphis Riots of 1866 and the Memphis Race Riots) was a two-day period of violence and rioting that began on May 1, 1866. This LibGuide commemorates the 150th anniversary of this dark moment in Memphis history.

"Scene in Memphis, Tennessee During the Riot
Burning a Freedmen's School-house"
Harper's Weekly, May 26, 1866
Archives Manuscript Collection

(source: http://www.tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/disasters/riots.htm)

Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike

Sanitation workers strike on Beale Street while National Guard patrols

University Libraries' Digital Repository Digital Image © 2011, University of Memphis Libraries Preservation and Special Collections Department.

Memphis in the 1960s