Eighty thousand people rest in Elmwood Cemetery. They created the world we inhabit. Gave us our culture.

And they made the music that the world knows us for.

This October, you can meet the songwriters, producers, composers, and singers of Elmwood Cemetery. They'll tell their stories from afternoon to evening from Thursday, October 6th to Saturday, October 8th.

Hear about Jimmie Lunceford's incredible accomplishments in teaching high schoolers music so well that they toured nationally. Listen as Thea Bowman, or Sister Thea, has her story told, including her glorious march towards Sainthood. Grammy Award-winners, the legend of Stagger Lee, the beloved cook to a King, and the blues will be a part of the story we tell.

But, we need your help to orchestrate it. You can help by sponsoring the 2022 Soul of the City event - here and now.

Become a sponsor. Help Elmwood Cemetery make the Soul of the City a success. Click here and choose your sponsorship level


The Soul of the City Tour is being brought to you in part by the Crawford Howard Private Foundation.

Please help us thank and celebrate our generous sponsors. 

Presenting Sponsor


Granite Sponsor

Crone Monument Company 

Last Stop Sponsor

Gant Systems

Memphis Zoo 

Undertaker Sponsor 

Eclectic Eye

Pallbearer Sponsor

Baltz & Sons Concrete

Kat & Dave Schwartz

Gina Pickens

Kelly Drake

Nora & Dan Conaway 

Gravedigger Sponsor 

Henry Turley