Memphis’ Church Park, Founded by the South’s First Black Millionaire.

Robert Reed Church was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi to an interracial union. His father, Charles B. Church, was a Steamboat Captain. His mother, Emmeline, was an enslaved mistress. In 1865, Robert and his wife Louisa Church, a former slave, settled in Memphis–where they both became entrepreneurs. Louisa opened up a string of Beauty Parlors, and Robert acquired a saloon. During the Memphis Race Riot … Continue reading Memphis’ Church Park, Founded by the South’s First Black Millionaire.