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Ida B. Wells (1862-1931)

Beale St., Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 8' 21.892236", -90° 3' 4.158324"
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Ida B. Wells crusaded against lynchings in Memphis and the South. In 1892
while editor of the Memphis Free Speech, located in this vicinity, she wrote of the lynching
of three Black business men. As a result, her newspaper office was destroyed and her life
After moving to New York, she began an international speaking tour where she influenced
the establishment of the British Anti-Lynching Society. She co-founded the NAACP in America
and organized the first Black women's political organization. A Chicago housing project is
named in her honor.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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