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R.A. Coleman's "Electronic Memories"
Produced by The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva

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  • Read the story of RA Coleman's life and career in Memphis.

    The Brown Derby was one of the first African American clubs in Memphis. RA Coleman took the photograph.

    Photo courtesy of The Robert A. Coleman Archives

    This is a famous photograph of Nat Williams, one of the WDIA DJs. WDIA was one of the first all Black radio stations in the United States. RA Coleman took the photograph.

    Photo courtesy of The Robert A. Coleman Archives

    This last photograph is of the Rev. Charles Patterson Jr., whose 1953 wedding was recorded by RA Coleman. This photo was taken in March 1999 at the Mt Zion Church, by Sandra Wong Geroux.

    Special Thanks to:
    The Coleman Family: Minnie Coleman Lincoln Reeves, Robert Coleman Jr, Sarah Lincoln, C. Eric Lincoln Jr
    Professor David Evans, University of Memphis
    Professor Marvin Bensman, University of Memphis
    The Mississippi Valley Collection, University of Memphis
    Jacquie Gales Webb, Smithsonian Productions
    Levi Frasier
    Dr. Ernest Withers
    Rev Charles Patterson Jr. & Curlie Mae, Mt. Zion Baptist Church
    Hal Jaffe & Hal Jaffe's Portrait Photography
    Ernest Donaldson and the Pattersonaires
    Ethan Dener
    Andrew Roth

    Sun Studios
    Mark & Betty Bell, James Lott, Robert Rixie, Karyl Kong, Karen Foster, Sam Tibbs, Michael Conway, Lisa Gill, Scott Taylor, Holland Hardin, Erika Mulgrew, Mic Walker, Trip Lamkins and Kerry Ryan.

    WKNO 91.1fm Memphis
    - Susan Westfall, Director of Radio
    - Jamie LaMar
    - Maureen McCormick

    The Talbot Heirs Guesthouse
    - Phil & Jamie Baker

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    Copyright 1999 The Kitchen Sisters