Memphis Annexations

Join Mark & Joe and their special guests as we walk through the history of annexations from the beginning of Memphis until the mid 20th century. Our guests for this episode are Vincent Clark, Shelby County Archivist and Mark Fleischer, Publisher and Chief Editor of StoryBoard Memphis. 

While we couldn’t think of the name during the recording, Orange Mound was named after the Osage Orange hedges that populated the Deaderick Plantation.

Vincent Clark

Vincent Clark attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a BS and later MA
in History. He worked on the Mississippi Civil Rights Oral History Bibliography project in
1997 and the Adams County Courthouse Papers project in Natchez, Mississippi in 1997-
1998. He served as the Curator/Historian of the Tipton County Museum from 1998 to 2000,
working specifically on Military History exhibits and oral histories with local veterans. In 2000, he joined the Shelby County Archives staff. He completed the Tennessee Archives Institute in 2003 provided by the Tennessee State Library and Archives. In 2007, Vincent became the Shelby County Archivist. He has taught U.S., Military, World, and Tennessee History part time at the University of Memphis for over 15 years, earning the History Department’s Adjunct Faculty of the year award for 2005-2006 and again in 2011-2012. He served as the Editor for the West Tennessee Historical Society Papers from 2010 to 2016.  

Trish Gully (l) & Mark Fleischer



Mark Fleischer has lived in Memphis since October of 2015. He is the Publisher and Chief Editor of StoryBoard Memphis, a formerly digital-only publication that will be available in a free, monthly print journal starting in September, 2018.  






Research team: Joe V Lowry, Trish Gully
Moderator: Mark White
Editor: Trish Gully
Producer: Mark White 

2 thoughts on “Memphis Annexations

  1. I was very excited to join this site and followed instructions for joining. But i am so thoroughly confused and frustrated. I thot i was going to read about annexations but no it rambled into a dif direction. Help!!!

    1. Hey Trudy! Thanks for the note. I’m sorry you didn’t get what you were expecting from the podcast. We sometimes trail off into other avenues and memories, a hazard of having so many great historians in one room! Did you have a specific question or area of town you wished to hear more about? If so, write us at and we’ll get working on it. Thanks for listening.

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