- Posters & Playbills
Little Richard Poster
- Personal Effects
Tucked away in the Center's Archives are a variety of
items made or used by individuals, families and communities that we
have documented. Hand made quilts by Pecolia Warner, tap shoes used in
many a performance by Rufus Thomas, hand written sheet music, and a
large Eastman camera used by Rev. L.O. Taylor are only a few of the
hundreds of objects in our collection. Historic posters, personal
correspondence, books, post cards, church momentos and flyers reveal
events celebrated within communities.
Also featured in the archives are objects and ephemera documenting the
careers of prominent Memphians such as Lucie Campbell, the music
director of the National Baptist Sunday School and Baptist Training
Union Congress, who penned such roiling gospel songs as "Touch Me, Lord
Jesus," "He Understands; He'll Say 'Well Done,'" "Something Within,"
and "Jesus Gave Me Water," Rev. William Herbert Brewster, a protege of
Campbell's, who composed hymns like "Move on up a Little Higher" (the
first million-dollar seller in the gospel genre), "How I Got Over," and
"Surely God Is Able."
These objects provide a broad
cultural canvas and give us the tools to tell special stories of the
men and women who touched them.