Contact Us:

Elizabeth Thomas

Executive Director of the Memphis Center
Clough 213


Charles Hughes

Director of the Memphis Center
Barret 306


Rin Abernathy

Administrative Assistant
Barret Library 306  

Memphis Center



The Memphis Center at Rhodes College focuses on the human experience of the Memphis and Mid-South region, from the Civil War to the civil rights movement and beyond. The center builds upon the college’s existing assets and academic strengths by providing support and resources for interdisciplinary scholarly activity and student research. Among these assets are physical and digital archival collections that highlight our region’s rich literary, musical, archaeological and civil rights traditions. These collections are supported by a rigorous undergraduate program that combines independent research with training in the collection and preservation of primary materials and oral histories. In addition to archival material, The Memphis Center supports students in their interactions with community arts organizations, as well as student experiential learning opportunities in Rhodes’ surrounding neighborhoods.