Civil Rights Collection

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About This Collection

Dr. King welcomed at Beale Street Baptist Church

Dr. King welcomed at Beale Street Baptist Church

The Civil Rights Collection pulls together newspapers, photographs, correspondence, and speeches to tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement in Memphis.  The collection is a compilation of materials from numerous sources, including the following manuscript collections: Frank Holloman Collection, George W. Lee Collection, A.W. Willis, Jr. Collection, Arthur L. Webb Collection, and the Catholic Human Relations Council Papers.

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The online Civil Rights Collection was born when Eldon Holliday began curating a digital collection that would highlight items from multiple sources in one convenient location.  Due to the plethora of material housed in the Memphis & Shelby County Room, the collection is a work in progress, and new items are added all the time.  View the timeline above to take a brief look at the history of Civil Rights in Memphis, and then explore the treasures we have in both our digital and physical archives.

If you would like to view the collection in person, please contact the History Department at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.  The department can be reached at (901) 415-2742 or