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A stately Romanesque Revival church just south of Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, Clayborn Temple began life with a white congregation in 1892 as Second Presbyterian. In 1949, the church was sold to an African-American congregation, who changed the property’s name to Clayborn Temple in honor of a local African Methodist Episcopal (AME) bishop. During the Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968, civil rights and labor activists organized together inside Clayborn Temple. Clayborn Temple closed in 1999 and fell into disrepair, but it has since reopened. The building hosts special events like weddings and live performances, is once again home to a congregation, and is also a meeting space for local and national organizations. Learn more about this National Treasure: https://savingplaces.org/places/clayborn-temple

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  • Title: Clayborn Temple
  • Creator: Library of Congress
  • Location: Memphis, Tennessee

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