Commercial Appeal newspaper morgue, Special Collections Department, University of Memphis Libraries
Built in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1892 as Second Presbyterian, the church was sold to an African-American congregation in 1949, who changed the property’s name to Clayborn Temple. Throughout the 1960s, Clayborn Temple became the city's staging ground for the civil rights movement, particularly the organizing headquarters of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike in 1968. The building fell into disrepair and sat vacant for a decade. This photograph was taken on March 4, 1977, by Fred Griffith.
1977 March 4
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"Clayborn Temple, Memphis, TN, 1977" (2021). Memphis. 72.