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Edward Shaw

Hollis Price St., Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 7' 9.601536", -90° 2' 8.92626"
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In 1870, Edward Shaw became the first Memphis black to run for U.S. Congress.
Though he did not win, he was active in politics, serving on the County Commission, the City
Council, and as Wharfmaster in the 1870s. In 1875, Shaw was editor of a black newspaper, The
Memphis Planet, and, in 1880, he escorted General U.S. Grant, who was in Memphis to visit Beale
Street Baptist Church and LeMoyne Normal Institute.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
Edward Shaw Historical Marker Location Map, Memphis, Tennessee Map