Memphis The City Beautiful


Memphis The City Beautiful


Civic Life


Memphis The City Beautiful was written by Frances Akers Greeson in 1947. The book chronicles the Memphis City Beautiful Commission’s history from 1929 to 1947. The Memphis City Beautiful Commission was founded by E.H. Crump, former mayor of Memphis and Congressman. He was inspired to start the Commission after he watched a train passing by and was concerned about the impression the city would leave with the passengers. Mr. Crump thought the women of Memphis should be the “housekeepers” for the community. The headquarters for the Commission was setup in the Nineteenth Century Club. The Commission started slowly, engaging volunteers to help clean the community, but quickly grew to include alley projects and vacant lot campaigns. Through the 1940s the City Beautiful Commission continued to promote the planting of flowers, shrubs, and trees and endorsed the conservation of natural resources. While the projects are year-around, the city has an annual city-wide Clean-Up Campaign. The campaign includes not only the City Beautiful Commission, but also the Memphis Chamber of Commerce and the City of Memphis government. The city of Memphis became nationally recognized for the achievements of its citizens.


Greeson, Frances Akers


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Greeson, Frances Akers, “Memphis The City Beautiful,” Making an Impact: The Lives of Tennessee Women, accessed October 21, 2020,

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