lauderdale courts

from elvis presley posted in music


lauderdale courts
185 winchester st
memphis, tennessee 38105

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In September of 1949, the Presley family (Vern, Gladys, and Elvis) moved to apartment #328 of the Lauderdale Courts, a low-income housing project in downtown Memphis. The family paid $35.00 a month in rent.

The shy and reticent Elvis would practice guitar in the basement laundry room, meet and play with other musicians in the Courts, listen to records at the Poplar Tunes record store around the corner, and walk down to nearby Beale Street to receive inspiration.

The Presley family lived at the location until 1952 when they were evicted for exceeding the maximum monthly income for residents. After the eviction, the Presley's moved to a boarding house near the Courts at 698 Saffarans Ave for a couple of months.

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