Yellow fever almost destroyed the city of Memphis in 1878.

Meet the people who saved it.

The city of Memphis in 1878 was a dirty river town. Disease ran rampant, and the worst of them all was yellow fever. No one knew how it was transmitted or how to stop it.

Enter the angels who worked to save the people of Memphis. They were doctors, organizers, businessmen, madams, holy men and women, and everyday citizens who stepped up in the city's darkest hour.


The Soul of the City Tour and Film Event is being brought to you by the Crawford Howard Private Foundation, Arts Memphis, and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Please help us thank and celebrate our generous sponsors.

Granite Sponsor

Crone Monument Company 

Final Destination Sponsor

Carol and Will Leatherman 

Memphis Zoo 

Merchandise Tent Sponsor

Henry Turley

Canale Funeral Directors


Ellen Stinson Rardin 

LaUna Brubaker 

Angel Sponsors

Nino and Charles Shipp

Gina Pickens 

Pugh's Earthworks 

Toof American Digital Printing 

Eclectic Eye

Michael and Carolyn Fisher 

Nora and Dan Conaway 

Lincoln's Costume Shoppe 

Boyle Insurance 

William Townsend

Column Sponsor

Joe Spake/inCity Realty

Kelly Drake 

Erin Hillis

Kat and Dave Schwartz