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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE- Why do people all
over the world know Memphis, Tennessee as simply
‘Memphis’? It’s all the things you know about
and all the things you don’t— the A-side hits of
our world-famous attractions and the flip-side
of funky shops, back-alley barbecue joints and
the music and nightlife of Beale Street.
It’s our eclectic mix of 5-star to down home
restaurants, upscale Memphis hotels, designer
malls and quirky downtown Memphis shops. It’s
the legendary history, blues, rock n’ roll and
pure soul that make the city of Memphis, TN (aka
‘The River City’, aka ‘Memphis’) funky, fun and
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Marriage License Requirements
Shelby County Clerk, 150
Washington Avenue Memphis, TN 38103
To obtain a marriage license in
Shelby County, both parties must appear for the
issuance of the license.
Proof of your Social Security
number is required for both parties.
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Creating Personal Traditions:
Writing your own wedding vows may suit your
personal wedding style, but it can be a bit of a
daunting task to begin
with. If you are trying
to write your own vows, don’t let the task
overwhelm you or intimidate you. Writing your
vows should begin and end with how you feel,
not what others are expecting. If you are
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questions to consider in creating the
want to make.
When and where did you first meet?
What was the state of your life before the two
of you met?
At what point did you realize you were in love?
Describe the feeling.
What inspires you about your loved one?
What life goals and dreams do you share?
What have you learned from each other?
What qualities make your love unique? What
qualities will keep it strong?
How has your view of the world changed since you
fell in love?
What do you most look forward to about life with
What are some special moments in your
relationship? Use them all, even the sad times
as well as the happy,
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What happened the day you asked her to marry
you? How did you feel?
Reading the vows you have written yourself
during your wedding ceremony can be one of the
most romantic things
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Tennessee first inhabitants were Native
American Indians who lived along the Mississippi
River for 10,000 years along the wooded river
bluffs. A thousand years before foreign
explorers entered the region, Chickasaw Indians
controlled the bluffs. These Indians came to be
known as Mound builders, for the massive mounds
they built that now overlook the Mississippi
River by DeSoto Park.
The first European to view the river from
Memphis was the Spaniard explorer Hernando
DeSoto, who crossed the Mississippi near Memphis
in 1541. A hundred years later French explorers
Fathers Marquette and Joliet sailed down the
river through Memphis. Sieur de LaSalle would
later follow and build Fort Prudhomme around
1682. In 1739 the French built a garrison, Fort
After the French and Indian War in 1763, England
gained control of the bluffs although the area
was Chickasaw by treaty. The Indians, French,
English, Spanish and new "Americans" coexisted
along the river trading and skirmishing until
Tennessee became a U.S. territory in 1790, and
then a state in 1796. Although this land legally
belonged to the Chickasaw Indians, the new
settlers would eventually take it over. In 1818
the Chickasaws relinquished their northern
territory, including the land that would become
the City of Memphis.
General/President Andrew Jackson, General James
Winchester and Judge John Overton were
considered the "founders" of Memphis. The city
was surveyed and designed in 1819. At the time
Memphis was only four blocks wide and had a
population of around fifty people. Marcus
Winchester, the General's son, was made the
The first Memphis immigrants were German and
Irish, who established businesses, provided
labor, and built some of Memphis' first
churches, like St Mary's with the oldest shrine
in the country. Some of the first neighborhoods
were also formed, including the Pinch district,
which was named for the "pinchgut" look of the
poor, often malnourished Irish railroad workers
who lived there. The Pinch has experienced a
revival associated with Memphis' sports and
entertainment arena, The Pyramid, and Downtown's
trolley line that runs from the South Main
district to the Pinch.
From its beginnings, Memphis has been an
important location for markets, exchanges,
travel and distribution. Before the Civil War,
Memphis' rich delta soil contributed to its
economic base ? known as "King Cotton."
Unfortunately, slavery was the key piece to this
commerce and agri-business. The laborers who
farmed the land, built the buildings and roads,
and operated households were West Africans
captured and traded as slaves. Even the names of
Memphis' four original town squares - Exchange,
Market, Court, and Auction are a grim reminder
of the slavery that helped build the city. The
cotton trade tied Memphis to Northern industry
so much so that many did not want to secede to
the Union at the beginning of the Civil War.
However, the plantation owners were entirely
dependent on slave labor, so loyalties were
Because of Memphis' location and transportation
systems, the Union and Confederacy both valued
the location of the City. Memphis was a military
supply depot for the Confederacy before the
South was defeated at Shiloh and abandoned
nearby Fort Pillow. But soon after the river
battle of June 6, 1862, Memphis became Union
headquarters for Army General Ulysses S. Grant.
As many as 10,000 Memphians watched the Union
victory in battle from the river bluffs.
In 1864 Confederate leader Nathan Bedford
Forrest led 2,000 cavalry troops to Memphis.
Forrest's brothers rode into town early one
morning and nearly captured three Union
generals, one fleeing in his nightshirt up
General Washburn Alley - which was named for his
escape. The raid was immortalized by Nobel
laureate William Faulkner.
Memphis, now a Union territory, drew many former
slaves. In fact, Memphis' African-American
population quadrupled between 1860 and 1870. New
freedoms of emancipation took root - the
freedoms of assembly and worship were guaranteed
and practiced, as was the right to read.
Although post-war reconstruction was a trying
time for all, Black Memphians did make strides
in social, political and economic activities. Ed
Shaw, the most powerful black leader of the
time, served on both the City Council and the
County Commission and was elected wharf-master,
a well-paid, prestigious position. Strong
churches like Reverend Morris Henderson's
still-influential Beale Street Baptist Church
were vital in establishing Memphis' strong
African-American communities. Even with this
progress, mistrust and bitterness in the city
exploded into a three-day riot in 1866 involving
townspeople and troops garrisoned at Fort
Pickering. Before the violence was quelled by
ex-troops, forty-four Blacks and two Whites had
died, and hundreds were wounded. A dozen
Freedman's schools and more than a hundred Black
businesses were burned.
Following the war, a yellow fever epidemic
nearly destroyed the city. For over a decade,
the disease carried by mosquitoes sent the
population down with deaths and a mass exodus of
citizens. This caused the State of Tennessee to
repeal the city's charter in 1879. Of the 19,000
who did not flee the worst epidemic in 1878,
almost 80% caught the fever and one-quarter
died. Along with unknown slaves and Tennessee
leaders, fever victims lie buried at Elmwood
Cemetery and Martyrs Park. The yellow fever was
eradicated in the 1880's by a new sewage system
(the first of its kind anywhere) and the
discovery of an artesian water supply restored
health to Memphians. Memphis remains famous for
its pure water to this day.
Another factor vital to the restoration of the
town was the investment made by Memphians in its
future. One of the most famous business leaders
to aid recovering Memphis was black millionaire
Robert R. Church. An ex-slave business tycoon
and powerful national Republican leader, he
bought the first $1,000 bond issued by the city
after the epidemics. With Jim Crow well
entrenched, it was Robert Church who began the
NAACP here in 1917 and built the first public
recreation facilities for Blacks. The park,
named in his honor, is still on Beale.
It is typical of Memphis' history that it merges
the renown and the unknown. The well-known
rights activist Ida B. Wells worked long and
hard for Memphis, organizing and writing,
especially in response to riots and the lynching
of Black businessmen here early in this century.
And in 1925 the man called Memphis' "greatest
hero," Tom Lee (for whom our riverside park is
named), single-handedly saved thirty-two people
from drowning when a steamer sank. Tom Lee could
Segregation and poverty still unchecked, Memphis
nevertheless prospered, especially due to the
river and "King Cotton." Names like Napoleon
Hill, James Lee, and Noland Fontaine call to
mind fortunes made in this city. By the mid-20th
Century, with a huge, rich delta hinterland,
Memphis became one of the busiest cities in the
South and the capital of the Mid-South, with the
world's largest spot cotton market (over 40% of
the nation's crop was traded here) and the
world's largest hardwood market. In the 1950's
it was even the world's largest mule market!
Yet another element that lent Memphis clout was
the "reign" of "Boss Crump" from 1910 to 1954.
The double-edged sword of his political power
reached far and wide. He was known to deliver
60,000 votes for whomever he deemed whenever he
In 1968 Memphis became the focus for an
important civil rights struggle. A labor dispute
raised by the City of Memphis Sanitation Workers
escalated into a full-fledged commitment to
human dignity, economic equity, and an attack on
poverty. The issue brought Nobel Peace Prize
winner Dr. Martin Luther King to Memphis,
turning the nation's attention to the stark
problems of the working poor. For his commitment
to non-violent change, Dr. King was killed on
the balcony of the Lorraine Motel here in
Memphis on April 4, 1968. Riots ensued in cities
all over the nation. One immediate effect in
Memphis was the end of the Sanitation Workers
Strike with the recognition of the AFSCME union.
Members of AFSCME now receive two paid holidays
annually to celebrate the anniversaries of Dr.
King's birth and death.
Memphis' most recent contribution to the
ceaseless struggle of bettering human relations
and improving life is the National Civil Rights
Museum, built at the Lorraine Motel where Dr.
King was assassinated. It is a shrine to the
human spirit, to justice, sacrifice, courage,
and peace, and an invaluable cultural and
educational tool. The same year the Civil Rights
Museum opened, Memphis elected its first
African-American Mayor, Dr. Willie W. Herenton.