West Tennessee

James Winchester

Feb 26, 2013

James Winchester, one of the founders of Memphis, was born in Maryland in 1752. He served under George Washington in the American Revolution, endured capture by the British, and moved to Middle Tennessee after his release.

By 1785, Winchester had build a fortified home in this still untamed wilderness, survived Indian attacks, which killed his brother and several friends, and started a family with his young wife, Susan.

Early Photography

Feb 20, 2013
Erica Guilane-Nachez / fotolia.com

In 1839, the invention of daguerreotype made it possible to capture and preserve a photographic image. The public was thrilled with the opportunity to be recorded for posterity, and the business of professional photography blossomed.

Memphis quickly embraced this new technology. Newspaper ads in the mid-1840s promoted itinerant daguerreotypists, but the earliest known advertisement for a permanent photo studio appeared in 1843 in the periodical American Eagle.

The ad stated:

Candice Ludlow

Education is the key to social mobility in the United States.  This fact was not lost on African Americans who were enslaved and later sharecroppers in the South.  In the 1880s one-room schools sprouted up throughout the region.  Many of them are now gone forever and just a distant memory.  But Flagg Grove School in rural West Tennessee is an exception.