Witnessing Community Resilience – South Memphis Remembers the People’s Grocery

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a remembrance service marking the 125th anniversary of one of the most tragic and horrific events in Memphis history: the lynching of three African-American operators of The People’s Grocery. In 1892, three men – Calvin McDowell, Will Stewart, and Thomas Moss – were arrested for defending themselves during a raid on their store, then, several days later, seized from jail by a lynch mob and executed. Both today and at the time, the lynching was viewed as a violent assault on the South Memphis community. It wasn’t just about the death of three men. It was an attack on a community that had spent decades developing its own schools, churches, and busines

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