Memphis Youth Lead Historic Tours of Orange Mound

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - On Thursday, people got a chance to learn more about the rich history of the first Memphis neighborhood founded by African-Americans.

The second annual "This Is Orange Mound" tour began Thursday morning at Melrose High School.

Youth volunteers from all across Memphis spent the day highlighting the cultural history of the area and notable locations that no longer exist like the W. C. Handy Theatre and the community swimming pool. Actors also brought some of Orange Mound's history to life.

Volunteers say the tour is a great way to fight the negative stereotypes of the neighborhood.

"Every time you see something on the news about Orange Mound, they try to make everything negative. There's so many positive things that have come out of Orange Mound that people don't know about. That's our main goal out of this tour," says Teuana Redd, who helped do research for the tour.

The Blues City Cultural Center partnered with Melrose High School to put on this year's tour of Orange Mound.


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