In Memphis, every neighborhood has a hero and a story. Legacy Memphis is an organization dedicated to working with people in their neighborhoods to help them tell their own unique pieces of the Memphis music narrative. The organization does this by partnering with communities to erect statues, public pieces of art, and historical markers to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Memphis artists. Through understanding the past and the role that neighborhoods have played in its rich and complex history, Memphis will continue to develop as a culturally vibrant 21st-centry city.



“It was December (1954) and everyone was caught up in the holidays. A neighbor heard them rehearsing and asked if they would play some spiritual music at her church one evening. It would just be for a few ladies and they couldn’t pay them. The(y) played for about a dozen elderly ladies in the basement of the Galloway United Methodist Church. John couldn’t wait to tell his mother about the performance when the family got together for Christmas.” (Robert Hilburn “Johnny Cash: The Life, 2013”)
“(Cash’s) first performance…had been in a church basement playing for elderly ladies.” (Daniel S. Levy, Life Magazine, Unseen Series, 2013)
“Bolstered by these compliments, the bank members poked around for stages beyond their front porches and basements. The first one’s were modest: an evening of gospel tunes at a neighbor’s church” (Johnny Cash: The Biography by Michael Striessguth; 2006)
“Cash’s all-black attire became his trademark lucky color after he wore a black t-shirt and jeans to his firsts public performance, with the Tennessee Two, playing for a group of elderly ladies in a church basement.” (Al Hunter, ‘Johnny Cash, Part 1’, March 6, 2014,


Sold over 100 million records
Amassed 17 Grammy awards
Placed 48 singles on Billboard Hot 100 Pop charts
Posted over 130 hits on Billboard Country singles charts
Had at least 2 singles on Country charts for 38 straight years
Recognized as the only artist to have songs on Billboard charts for six consecutive decades
Ranked number 1 in the listing of top greatest men in country music
Voted number 31st Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine
Awarded The Kennedy Center Honors by President Bill Clinton
Received The National Medal of Arts from President George W Bush
Followed by 12 million people worldwide on his Facebook page
Self-professed fans include Bob Dylan, Justin Timberlake, U2, Bruce Springsteen and Snoop Dog
(Johnny Cash Recording History provided by The Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville)

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