TSD’s ‘History Hidden in Plain Sight’ revisits the incident that launched Ida B. Wells’ anti-lynching crusade

Series tells the stories behind the places you pass by every day.


I’ve observed an ironic paradox as I drive around the streets of Memphis. And it has to do with historical markers.

On one hand, they were all erected to bring attention to the people and events that have shaped our communities, our city and the state of Tennessee. The irony is that like so many other signs competing for our attention as we drive, they largely go ignored, blending into the landscape, alongside the lawyer’s ad and the sign offering to buy your house.

A few years ago, we first ran our video series called “History Hidden in Plain Sight.” It is what it sounds like – we’re going to tell you the stories behind the places you drive by, walk by and probably ignore virtually every day.

Here on the first day of African American History Month 2024, we revisit “The Lynchings at The Curve” — also known as The People’s Grocery Lynchings. And if you don’t know what that has to do with the legendary Ida B. Wells, just click play!

We will share more of these in the coming weeks . . . stay tuned!