MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – As the bluff city celebrates 200 years, one of the country’s oldest African-American neighborhoods is marking 100 years as an official part of the city of Memphis.
A special ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon to recognize the Orange Mound community. It was one of the first communities in America developed for African-Americans to buy land, allowing them to own their own homes and property.
“But 100 years, how do you get from there to here? We got here by the grace of God, ingenuity of our people, and as God would have it, we’re here now,” said Africa In April Founder Dr. David Acey. “As I mentioned earlier, from slave ships to championships, from disgrace to Amazing Grace, we’ve come this far by faith.”
Community leaders say a strong sense of pride has remained in the community.