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Center For Southern Folklore

119 South Main Street
901 - 525 - 3655

Our mission

"Celebrating the arts, music, and heritage of the South from the cultural crossroads of Memphis" is best served by enjoying, living and breathing the very things we are sworn to preserve and protect.  We believe that by providing a platform for art, music, and culture we encourage its growth and evolution.  When you visit the Center, you visit a stage that comes alive with every show.


In the early 1970s Bill Ferris and Judy Peiser begin making documentary films in the Mississippi Delta.  After completing award winning film Gravel Springs Fife and Drum (Produced by David Evans, Bill  Ferris and Judy Peiser), Ferris and Peiser formed the Center for Southern Folklore in 1972 as a private non profit organization.
      With support of the National Endowment for theArts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Rockefeller Foundation,Ford Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission and others the Center produces numerous films, slide shows, radio programs and publications including Ray Lum: Mule Trader, Four Women Artists, and Hush Hoggies Hush: Tom Johnson's Praying Pigs.


ron wong

Monday, July 16, 2018
A nice place to visit and spend some time to check out what they have. Really make a point to spend some time w/the owner. She has a lot of history stored up in her brains. She has a lot of info to share when u approach her.

Tara West

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Judy is a gem! Had a fantastic time and even our kids enjoyed it. Great music and company.

Mordechai Harris

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Judy and Mark are the best. Great people, great vibe, great music.

Luke Miller

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
Some of the friendliest and most helpful store-owners I have ever met. They love Memphis culture and are dedicated to preserving and sharing it. Worth a visit!

Vicki Wilson

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Might be best with a planned tour guide. Someone to tell about all the interesting art.

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