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The Morris Memorial Building

Category:   Capital City Tour


330 Dr MLK Jr Blvd
Nashville, TN

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Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Located in the Historic Black Business District, this neoclassical building illustrates the work of Moses McKissack. He, with his brother Calvin, founded McKissack and McKissack, a black architectural firm established in 1918 and one of the first organized and staffed by African Americans in the United States. The National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. built the Morris Memorial Building in the mid-1920s for the Sunday School Publishing Board, serving the largest African American religious denomination in the world. The building is named for Reverend E. C. Morris, president of the National Baptist Convention during the time of planning. It stands on the site formerly occupied by the Commercial Hotel, which housed a slave market before the Civil War.   

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