Celebration on Beale to mark what would have been the 180th birthday of Robert Church

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) There was a birthday bash on Beale Street Tuesday night for the south’s first black millionaire, Robert Church.

People lined Beale for the parade to celebrate what would have been Church’s 180th birthday. The entrepreneur is known for many creations across Memphis, including the city’s first black-owned bank.

City leaders held the celebration to recognize his birthday. There was also plenty of entertainment, tributes, and even a birthday cake.

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