The Memphis community will come together to bless Clayborn Temple, the hub of discourse and action for the Memphis Civil Rights Movement, as it searches for new, long-term uses during its renovation and rebirth.
- When: Tuesday, October 25 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.
- Where: Clayborn Temple (280 Hernando St, 38126)
- Cost: Free – no RSVP needed
Clayborn Temple served as the home base for the Memphis sanitation strikes in 1968, which was a starting point for the civil rights movement in Memphis. Neighborhood Preservation Inc., a nonprofit that works to fight blight in the city, is working to return the church to religious, educational and community uses with a multimillion dollar renovation project, with more details to be announced soon.
“In all that we do, we want to be respectful of Clayborn’s sacred history while responding to a modern Memphis around it that is evolving very rapidly.” – Kerry Hayes, Key Public Strategies
In addition to a blessing ceremony, there is a call for artists. Examples of an exhibit, dance or theater piece, lecture, music performance, public artwork, or other kind of creative project that help to convey the ideas of conversation, cultural expression and exchange, performance, and possibility are needed. Memphis artists are invited to be a part of this moderated discussion, enjoy food and drinks, and share their ideas on how to best redevelop Clayborn Temple in a way that is sustainable and viable for future generations.