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African Americans in Memphis

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Memphis has been an important city for African Americans in the South since the Civil War. They migrated from within Tennessee and from surrounding ... Show synopsis

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DianeSteinbergLewis

CLOUSTON MIX UP

by DianeSteinbergLewis on Aug 20, 2010

The newlywed oval photo of Dora and Joseph Clouston on page 14, IS NOT accurate. It is Joseph and Dora's son, Arthur E. Clouston and his new young wife, Ida (Fox) Clouston, my grandmother. After Arthur's passing, Ida married my grandfather, Milton Gus Steinberg, and they lived in the stone house mentioned in the book, which is still across the street from Zion Cemetery. The author did not note that it was the 1st stone house to be built in Memphis, significant because it was a well to do African American who built it. Clouston owned most of Parkway. Joseph Clouston participated in saving Beale Street when it was in a deplorable state. He was the barber who also helped form the Solvent Savings with Robert Church but that is not mentioned in the book either. It is noted he owned slaves and I've often wondered if this is why the is never mentioned with Church though he is also buried in the historical Elmwood Cemetery . We, the family, think he helped transition slaves as they fleed other plantations. We are still researching. I was pleasantly surprised to see myself as the four year old flower girl for Helen Hayes's wedding and I remember walking down the aisle throwing flowers out of the basket that day. I have only seen this picture 2 times. AND there it was.. for a lifetime on page 95. Knowing that my grandfather, Milton Steinberg played locally (age 21) at PeeWee's Saloon and in New Orleans with W.C. Handy, it was thrilling to see Handy, Lieutenant George W. Lee, a friend of our family and Hooks, as young men. How wonderful! It was warming to behold these images of our people making a better way for us. Additionally, seeing the place I was born, John Gaston hospital made me think of days gone by! Though I am pleased about the mention of my mother, Martha Jean The Queen Steinberg as part of the legacy of WDIA, I only wished a picture had been amongst these pages. The Queen shares accolades in common with Rufus Thomas and B.B. King, like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. However, she goes on to be honored in the Museum of Television and Radio/Paley Center/ Smithsonian Institute, Charles Wright African American Museum, with a score of awards and books mentioning her distinguished community services and radio persona. Historically, she is the 1st african american woman to own a stand alone radio station. Now, If you could print a correction about Dora and Ida Clouston in subsequent printings, that would be great...After all, accuracy is always the way to go!

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