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1. Memphis-Born Aretha Franklin Dies; Queen of Soul was 76
- Thursday, August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin, who cast the first sounds from her wonderful voice in a South Memphis house, died Thursday, Aug. 16, at her home in Detroit, her publicist confirmed. She was 76. Her longtime publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said the legendary singer died from advanced pancreatic cancer. Earlier this week, word emerged that Ms. Franklin was in hospice care.
2. Last Word: St. Jude School, More Gannett Moves and Maida Pearson Smith
- Thursday, August 3, 2017
For most, the school year starts next week. But classes are already underway at St. Jude’s new Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, an idea 15 years in the making, according to the physician who had that idea. The school is a big step in higher education in Memphis and its road to research center status.
3. Radio Station Plan Emerges for Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home
- Monday, August 22, 2016
Aretha’s Franklin’s childhood home received another reprieve in Environmental Court.
The decrepit structure at 406 Lucy Ave. in South Memphis has been boarded up and left vacant for years. But reinvigorated development plans to save the house from a demolition order, by turning it into either a museum or a radio station, need more time.
4. Aretha Franklin’s Childhood Home Safe for Now
- Friday, July 1, 2016
Aretha Franklin’s birthplace at 406 Lucy Ave. in South Memphis is getting an encore. Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has suspended his demolition order for six weeks to give some breathing room to the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corp.’s recently revived campaign to turn the house into a museum.
5. Last Word: Pinch Plans, Beyond the Basics and the Golden Greek
- Monday, June 27, 2016
The future of the Pinch District looks to be Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s first venture beyond being “brilliant at the basics.”
6. Time Running Out to Save Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home From Demolition
- Monday, June 27, 2016
A local business owner has stepped up with $15,000 to save Aretha Franklin's birth home, but the effort may be too little too late.
The dilapidated house at 406 Lucy Ave. is headed for demolition unless a realistic and fully-funded plan emerges within the week, said Steve Barlow, an attorney with blight-fighting law firm Brewer & Barlow PLC.
7. Gaining Respect
- Thursday, September 22, 2011
Although known the world over as the adopted hometown of the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Memphis also gave birth to the queen of soul.
Aretha Franklin is typically associated with the city of Detroit, but the music icon spent the first two years of her life near the Soulsville neighborhood in South Memphis, where her father served as a prominent Baptist minister in the 1930s and 1940s.
8. Soul Legend’s Childhood Home Awaits Preservation
- Thursday, January 22, 2009
Aretha Franklin made history again this week with her performance at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, but the childhood home of the “Queen of Soul” remains vacant and boarded up without even a marker.