MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Memphis unveiled the first historical marker noting the role of Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans in the city’s history.
The marker outside of the old Gibson guitar plant marks the location of the Lung Kong Tin Yee Association that opened in the 1920s just south of Beale Street. It was founded as a community center by Chinese immigrants and Americans for those who came to America before the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
That is the first law to ever ban an entire ethnic group from immigrating to America.
According to the 2010 census, the Chinese population living in Memphis is around 5,000.