The National Park Service is evaluating the Memphis Cobblestone Landing for individual listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Approval would be another plus for downtown Memphis, a point of pride for our community, and an economic boon for cultural tourism.
Unanimously recommended by the Memphis Landmarks Commission and the TN Historical Commission, the nomination was prepared by architectural historian Judith Johnson, a founding member of Friends for Our Riverfront, and underwritten by a grant from the Crawford-Howard Foundation. It focuses on the Landing’s role as a transportation hub for the trading of cotton and the economic, political, and social contribution of African Americans in the development of the U.S. as a global trading power.
As Mayor A C Wharton says the Landing is not just old; it tells a story of national importance that has not been told previously. The nomination has also been supported by the Shelby County State Legislative Delegation and by U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen. Rep. Barbara Cooper, in whose district the Landing is located, attended and spoke on behalf of the Landing's significance to the TN Historical Commission Review Board.
This place matters. As Dr. Beverly Bond says, “it gives the long historical perspective ... and explains to our children what Memphis was and how we got where we are today.”
For more than 100 years, cotton comprised over 50% of the GNP of the U. S. and fueled the Industrial Revolution worldwide. It was as important in terms of wealth, politics, and history in the 19th century as oil is today. Read more »