Memphis Moment: J.M. Keating

Memphis, TN – J.M. Keating was born in Ireland in 1830, but he was forced to flee to America after the failed 1848 Irish revolution. Settling in Memphis in 1858, he became commercial and city editor of the Memphis Bulletin. Following the Civil War, he established the Memphis Daily Commercial and soon secured half ownership of the Memphis Appeal, where he took the job of managing editor and held it for over twenty-one years. During the outbreak of Yellow Fever in Memphis in the late 19th century, as thousands of Memphians fled for safety, Keating remained behind, reporting on the epidemic and securing donations from sympathetic Americans from across the country who were willing to donate after reading his reports.

Memphis Moments is co-produced by the Pink Palace Family of Museums ( and WKNO-FM and airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays during All Things Considered on the WKNO Stations.