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project leader
Mike M
location
1015 Cooper Street
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$2825 to GO!

the project

The goal of this project is to commemorate Johnny Cash's time in Memphis and specifically his first performance with the construction and installation of a statue and historical marker. The marker and statue will be located at the intersection of Cooper and Walker streets in Memphis, TN, which is the site of the former Galloway United Methodist Church. In the basement of the church is a room where Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two played their first show for women’s church group. The statue will be created by sculptor Bill Beckwith (www.williamnbeckwith.com) and will be unveiled on May 1, 2016, the 60th anniversary of the release of Johnny Cash’s first Sun record, “I Walk the Line.” The project is a collaboration between organizations and individuals in Memphis who are working to preserve and celebrate Memphis’ role in launching the career of Johnny Cash. These partners include: Cooper Walker Place, Rhodes College, the Visible Music College, filmmaker Mike McCarthy, and the Cooper Young Community Association.

the steps

  1. Raise $10,000 by May 15th so that the sculpture can be started in time for unveiling by May 1, 2016.
  2. Conduct 3 more fundraising efforts, Phases 2-4.
  3. Research and write text for historical marker
  4. Unveil statue and historical marker on May 1, 2016
  5. Proudly admire the beautiful tribute to Johnny Cash’s Memphis legacy!

why we're doing it

Memphis has a long and rich musical heritage, but often the spots where things happen go unrecognized. This is the case for Johnny Cash’s time in Memphis. While many of us know the story of how he got his start at Sun Records, little is known about his time living and working in Memphis. This project gives us the unique opportunity to celebrate the location of Cash’s first performance with the Tennessee Two by erecting a statue and historical marker that can serve not only as a source of civic pride for Memphians, but as a location for tourists to visit as they come to Memphis.

Conversation

Hey folks, thanks for giving to the Johnny Cash Memphis Legacy Project. One week ago we got off to a great start and today, Bob Mehr's excellent article appeared in the Commercial Appeal newspaper GO:MEMPHIS. But we are still $2925.00 short of our first goal of 10K. Our final deadline is next Saturday, May 16th. I would ask ALL you extremely cool people to call three friends and ask them to give $25 - $50 - $100 toward our goal. Thanks! Mike McCarthy
Hello Cash fans! Thanks to a $2805 donation from the Cooper-Young Business Association on Tuesday, we were able to reach our 10K goal so sculptor Bill Beckwith can begin work. This is the first of four fundraising goals. Our next funding goal is 15K by July 1st. This page will remain open toward that goal. More details later on Phase 2. THANKS TO EVERYONE IN THE COOPER-YOUNG NEIGHBORHOOD FOR SUPPORTING OUR JOHNNY CASH STATUE AND HISTORIC MARKER! Mike McCarthy
That's awesome news!! Congrats!!

budget

DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 5/14/15):



RAISED = 10335.00
ioby Platform Fee  35.00
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) 300.00
TOTAL TO DISBURSE = 10000.00

 

1) Quote by sculptor, Bill Beckwith for armature, research, and preparatory work, $10,000



SUBTOTAL = $10,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $300
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,335

 

updates

$2825 to GO!

Hey folks, thanks for giving to the Johnny Cash Memphis Legacy Project. One week ago we got off to a great start and today, Bob Mehr's excellent article appeared in the Commercial Appeal newspaper GO:MEMPHIS. Currently we are $2925.00 short of our current 10K goal. The new and final deadline to raise $2925.00 is Saturday, May 16th. I would ask ALL you extremely cool people to call three friends and ask them to give $25 - $50 - $100 toward our goal. We are so close to making this a reality and sending Sculptor Bill Beckwith his first installment. Thanks! Mike McCarthy

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Cooper Young Business Association
  • Bill York
  • Tracy J
  • MacKenzie
  • Anonymous
  • Laura Deakins
  • Laura Deakins
  • Rob Stalder
  • Mikel Sigler
  • Cooper Walker Place - Sam and Ken
  • Janice W.
  • G. Wayne Dowdy
  • Robert Wyatt
  • Gregory Marlin
  • Courtney F.
  • Anonymous
  • Beverly F.
  • Jake
  • Marvin Stockwell
  • Faye Garner
  • P. Lloyd Paul
  • Michael Michaud
  • Anonymous
  • Casey, April, and Florence
  • Anonymous
  • Michael Moore
  • Mark James
  • Anonymous
  • Chris & Lurene Kelley
  • Jeff, Lisa & Allison Droke
  • Goner Records
  • Anonymous
  • Tim Wheat
  • Paige Arnold
  • Kim H.
  • Kristen Schebler
  • Anonymous
  • Pam & Rick O'Brien
  • Robert Gordon
  • Mike Freeman
  • KBT
  • Andy Dean / DeanHD.com
  • fabiola f.
  • John Bass
  • In Memory of Dan Hopper
  • Anonymous
  • Mike McCarthy