The History of Orange Mound: The First Residential area for African-Americans.

Orange Mound was the first residential area in the south open to African-Americans. It was a vibrant community in which a mix of residences, bussinesses, and cultural centers flourised.

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  1. The history of Orange Mound is unlike any other in Memphis and not recognized by most young teens today. Orange Mound is the second largest community in history behind Harlem in New York City to be discovered by African Americans. The community got its name from a fruit called the mock orange because of shrubs that were planted in the side yard of the owner John George Deadrick Plantation who sold the land to Izey Eugene Meacham for $100. Orange Mound had African-American residents like businessmen, lawyers, and professionals were living within the community. Orange Mound was a self-contained community and a huge source of pride for its residents. It was the first community in the south to allow African-Americans to be able to own their own homes, and single families could also own their own property in Orange Mound.
  2. Tyler Glover, the Honorary "Mayor of Orange Mound” joins other leaders from the neighborhood and city to dedicate a new historical marker at the Orange Mound Community Services Center. The original sign went missing several years ago. Here is the original sign for orange mound that went missing several years ago below.
  3. Pictured below is Mary Mitchell, Among so many other hats, Mitchell wears one as board member of the Melrose Center for Cultural Enrichment, a 501(c)(3) that seeks to create an Orange Mound heritage center museum and state-of-the-art genealogy center among other amenities inside the historic Melrose school building, built in 1938, just across Park Avenue from the current school.
  4. Orange Mound got its name from fruit called the mock orange because of shrubs that were planted in the side yard of the owner John George Deadrick Plantation who sold the land to Izey Eugene Meacham for $100.
  5. How Orange Mound in Memphis got its name
  6. Orange Mound had a documentary called " A Community called Orange Mound" that was directed by Jay Killingsworth. Killingsworth has worked in video production for more than thirty years, producing corporate, and instructional videos. A Community called Orage Mound is Killingsworth second independent documentary.
  7. A Community called Orange Mound a 60-min documentary premiered on WKNO channel created by Jay Killingsworth which is his second film he has done.
  8. A Community Called Orange Mound - Feb. 4, 2013
  9. This article goes back to the Melrose High School the first high school in Orange Mound and the only high school in the Community.
  10. Heritage Classic Parade 2011
  11. Oranger Mound, Tennessee: America's Community TEASER
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