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Shelby County, Tennessee

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This area along the Mississippi River valley was long occupied by varying cultures of indigenous peoples. In historic times, the Chickasaw controlled much of this area. They are believed to be descendants of the important Mississippian culture, which established fortified and complex cities. The largest of these was Cahokia, which was active from about 950 into the 15th century.

The Shelby County area was part of the lands acquired by the United States government from the Chickasaw as part of the Jackson Purchase of 1818. Shelby County was established by European-American migrants in 1819 and named for Isaac Shelby, the former governor of Kentucky who had helped negotiate the land acquisition.

From 1877-1950, there were 20 lynchings of blacks by whites in Shelby County, the highest number of any county in the state.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Arlington
  • Barretville
  • Bartlett
  • Benjestown
  • Brunswick
  • Collierville
  • Cordova
  • Eads
  • Egypt
  • Ellendale
  • Fisherville
  • Germantown
  • Kerrville
  • Lakeland
  • Lenow
  • Memphis (County Seat)
  • Millington
  • Northaven
  • Rosemark
  • Shelby Forest



Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Graceland - The home of Elvis Presley

Davies Manor - Oldest Home in Memphis

Beale Street - Home of the Blues

Gibson Guitar Factory

National Civil Rights Museum