MEMPHIS, Tennessee -- Each September, the Episcopal Church celebrates a feast day called The Martyrs of Memphis - Constance and her Companions, which is observed by congregations throughout the world.
The Martyrs were a group of nuns, priests, nurses and doctors who served and nursed yellow fever sufferers during the great epidemic of 1878. While serving the Memphis community, six members of the group contracted the illness and died.
In the spirit of the Martyrs' service, Memphis health care providers, community development corporations, churches and other organizations will come together Saturday, September 8 for Hope and Healing in Morris Park. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the park, located at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Manassas Street. It will feature free health screenings, including blood pressure checks and blood sugar testing, and the Baptist Mobile Mammography unit will be accessible for those who pre-qualify based on income. Leaders from the surrounding neighborhoods and the Memphis Medical District Collaborative will share information about education and employment opportunities from the district's anchor institutions. Free lunch will be available for the first 300 guests.
The following organizations are partnering for Hope and Healing in Morris Park:
St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral
Victorian Village Inc. Community Development Corporation
Collins Chapel CME Church
Springdale Baptist Church
Memphis Medical District Collaborative
Downtown Memphis Commission
Winchester Park Neighborhood Association
Baptist Memorial Health Care
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Focus Roundtable - An Association of Medical District Neighborhoods
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
MIFA CommUNITY Days
Central BBQ Catering
This event is made possible through funding from the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, Downtown Memphis Commission, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.