For Dr. Carroll Van West’s “State and Local History” class (HIST 7190) in the Spring 2017 semester, I researched the history of the Stax Records building and Stax Museum of American Soul in South Memphis, Tennessee. You can read the paper, “Pick Up the Pieces: The Campaign to Revive and Revitalize the Stax Records Building and Soulsville Neighborhood, 1989 – 2003,” here. I will point out that I gathered much new information after the principles read this version and will make those additions and corrections shortly. Additionally, my work on the Soulsville Heritage Tourism initiative in the Spring 2018 will round out this research nicely.
In the Spring 2018 semester, I designed and authored six interpretive panels for the Soulsville Visitors Center in the former Jones Beauty Shop across the street from the Stax Museum of American Soul. The six panels cover five major themes to the highlighted historic structures in the Soulsville neighborhood: Music and Arts, Education, Faith, Economics and Civil Rights. I incorporated the “I Love Soulsville” mural and the colors from the mural outside the building onto each panel. Below are two of the panels: