About the Bicentennial


In 2019, our community will experience a unique moment: celebrating the past through our 200th anniversary while embracing the next 100 years. More than an anniversary, we extend an invitation to people locally and globally to join us as we honor our story, and the powerful next chapter that is about to be written.

That story is profound, yet simple. Memphis has changed the world… and we’re not done yet. We are a city of doers, dreamers and believers. We create, we invent, we experiment. That’s what drives this unstoppable city.

It takes soul to find a rhythm all your own, to give more than you take, and to change the world around you. It takes soul to be a Memphian.

Ida B. Wells, Dr. King, Danny Thomas, Elvis Presley are just a few of the countless women and men that have shaped this community and the world. In this moment, we honor our change makers and empower a new generation ready to take its turn, eager to make an impact and create change yet again. For those who will change the world with us… welcome home.

We are special. We are unique. We are Memphis. And together, we now enter a new century of soul.
Welcome to Memphis, our city of soul – don’t forget to bring yours.



Liz Brasher

Jonel Turner

Dr. Isaac Rodriguez and Kayla Graff

Todd Richardson

Cynthia Daniels

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