Memphis National Cemetery

Status: Preserved

Address: 3568 Townes Avenue, Memphis

Built: 1867-1934

Architectural Style: Cemetery

Original Function/Purpose: Cemetery

The Memphis National Cemetery was placed on the National Register on Oct. 30, 1996.

History: Memphis National Cemetery was established in 1867. When Memphis fell under Union control early in the Civil War, the city became a convenient location to care for wounded soldiers. Thousands who died were interred in or near the city, but after the war many were reburied in what had until then been known as the Mississippi River National Cemetery, now Memphis National Cemetery. One area known as the “Fort Pillow Section” holds bodies of victims of the Battle of Fort Pillow and those who died in the occupancy of that fort. The cemetery is also the resting place of many casualties of the April 1865 explosion and burning of the U.S.S. Sultana, one of the nation’s most tragic maritime disasters. On Juneteenth 2018 (June 19), an historical marker was unveiled at the cemetery commemorating the African-American Union soldiers and others killed at Fort Pillow and buried here.


City Council District: 7

Super District: 9

County Commission District: 6