Memphis 13: Documentary reflects on years following desegregation, honors alums who made history

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s been 61 years since the desegregation of Memphis City Schools, when 13 Black students walked into local elementary schools for the first time.

Now, The Memphis 13 Foundation has partnered with the Memphis-Shelby County School District to commemorate the event with a documentary screening and a panel discussion with members of the Memphis 13.

The event also features a meet-and-greet with Jamond Bullock, the artist responsible for the murals at Springdale Elementary, Bruce Elementary, Rozelle Elementary, and Gordon Achievement Academy in honor of the Memphis 13 alum members.

The message communicated through the documentary and the story being told today is reflective of their experiences then, their observations now, and how it impacted local and national history.

For more info about the film or to make a donation to the Memphis   13 Foundation, please visit