"Your bad talk got them Memphis notions into Versh"

 Memphis is a major city in the west of Tennessee, on the Mississippi river. During the 19th century it rose to prominence as a trading centre for cotton, lumber and slaves, and the continued commercial opportunities it offered attracted a huge number of people. In contrast to other parts of the South, African Americans were able to carve out successful businesses there, and many of the shops, clubs and restaurants along the notorious Beale Street were in black ownership from the early 1900s.   


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