WHERE HISTORY WAS MADE. AND WILL BE AGAIN.

In the area’s heyday, it wasn’t uncommon to find iconic Soulsville musicians hanging out on the porch at 1130 College Street. That was the home of famed blues singer and pianist John “Peter” Chatman, better known to friends and audiences worldwide as Memphis Slim.

That house, once full of laughter and song, unfortunately fell into disrepair in the years after his death in 1988.

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    Memphis Slim’s house, located across the street from Stax Museum of American Soul Music has now been redeveloped and re-imagined by Community LIFT, so that future generations of Soulsville musicians will have a place to gather, rehearase, learn and create legendary music once again.

    Funding provided by the Kresge Foundation, ArtPlace America, The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, and Hyde Family Foundation. We'd also like to thank the following partners, Visible Music College, UofM Music College and Stax Music Academy. 

    SOULSVILLE USA MUSIC DISTRICT

    It’s more than a neighborhood. In the Soulsville Music District, music legends like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Booker T. & the MG’s, Isaac Hayes and countless others created a sound so sweet and powerful, it could only have come from Memphis, TN.

    Today, Soulsville USA Music District is the center of a community revitilization, with the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Soulsville Academy keeping the area's sound and legacy alive and well. 

    Memphis Music Magnet

    The Memphis Music Magnet is an innovative, arts-based neighborhood revitalization concept with a Memphis twist – designed to augment the redevelopment of the Soulsville USA neighborhood by making it a community of choice for musicians, music-related creatives, and other artists.

    The purpose of the Memphis Music Magnet is to create neighborhood level change in storied Soulsville USA by attracting and supporting musicians and the music industry in Memphis, celebrating the musical and artistic heritage of the neighborhood, and creating new types of social interaction and collaboration. The concept is about creating a neighborhood with amenities that support music and art, while using those creative endeavors as tools for community engagement and empowerment. It’s about creating a neighborhood where music and art tell stories, activate spaces, reclaim vacant buildings, create interaction, and connect neighbors new and old.