• LOCATION 49 | Historical Memphis: African American Stories, from Slavery to Civil Rights

    Former WHBQ radio station

    Former WHBQ radio station on Memphis, Tennessee audio tour Historical Memphis: African American Stories, from Slavery to Civil Rights

    The large brown brick building, across the parking lot to your right is the Chisca Hotel. Chisca was the name of a Native American chief of the Chickasaw Indian tribe that once lived in this area in the 1540's.

    The building dates back to 1913. It was once the headquarters for the Church of God in Christ aka COGIC. It sat empty for a number of years but has been renovated and was reopened in 2015.

    This was also once the home of WHBQ. A famous radio station in Memphis. It was here where DJ Dewey Philips played Elvis's record, "That's All Right Momma "for the first time in 1954.

    In 1951Dewey played "Rocket 88" one of the first records, by black artists played on a white station in Memphis. Do you know the name of those artists? You have 5 seconds.

    On keyboards, Ike Turner of Ike and Tina Turner fame and Jackie Brenston on vocals. Some consider this to be the first rock and roll record.

    Let's continue to drive straight on 2nd.

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Historical Memphis: African American Stories, from Slavery to Civil Rights