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I AM A MAN Plaza Dedication Ceremony 4/5

Photos by Mike Kerr

Photos by Mike Kerr, @mikekerrmemphisphoto.

You’re invited to get a look at the progress of the new I AM A MAN Plaza adjacent to Clayborn Temple during the dedication ceremony on Thursday, April 5th.

Photo by Mike Kerr

Fifty years ago, sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker were killed while on the job. This led to an immediate call to action from civil rights activists across Memphis for humane working conditions for sanitation workers. Soon, they went on strike, wearing/carrying signs with the words “I AM A MAN” in bold. The sign has become synonymous with Memphis’ and the country’s battle for Civil Rights.

On April 5th, fifty years and one day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel, The City of Memphis and UrbanArt Commission will hold a dedication ceremony for I AM A MAN plaza, a collaboration in commemoration of the Sanitation Workers and the powerful message conveyed by the marches. The dedication ceremony will feature food trucks and live performances followed by an open house at Clayborn Temple from 12 PM until 2:30 PM to continue the conversation about the role this significant historic place played in the Civil Rights Movement. Make sure to join them to learn more about this important moment in Memphis and US history.


  • When: Thursday, April 5th, 11:30am to 1 pm (open house 12pm to 2:30 pm)
  • Where: Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando St
  • This event is free to attend.

Learn more about this event and the Clayborn Temple by visiting their website and following them on their Facebook page for updates.

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