Self+Tucker Architects

Historic Clayborn Temple

At the crossroads of 19th Century Architecture and The American Civil Rights Movement, Clayborn Temple is an essential icon of Memphis’ Architectural and African-American History. Originally built by the Second Presbyterian Church in 1891, the building and surrounding property were deeded to Clayborn Temple A.M.E. Church of Memphis in 1949 and soon became a rallying place for the Civil Rights Movement in addition to the famous “I AM A MAN“ protests. The Building entered the national register of historic places on September 4, 1979, as authorized by the National Historic Preservation act of 1966. After decades of vacancy, this iconic building is now being reactivated into a multifaceted community hub. Phases 1-3 include restoration of the interior and exterior. The roof structure and stained-glass windows have been stabilized and reimagined to enhance the Civil Rights Legacy. Self + Tucker Architects is the Architect for Clayborn’s preservation, restoration, and building addition.

"I feel like Clayborn has an opportunity to do what no other building in our city can do -- and that’s bring people together in a place of nurturing and peace and love, and showing them what the future holds."

– Anasa Troutman - Executive Director of Historic Clayborn Temple