In 1878, George Millington donated property for the first train depot connecting Memphis to Northern markets. By 1903, the town of Millington was incorporated. World War I pilots trained at Millington’s Park Field, and nearby, Chickasaw Ordnance Works and the world’s largest inland navy base greatly aided World War II efforts. Educators and activists Ida B. Wells and National Education Association president Charl Williams began their careers in area schools. Many talented individuals, including musicians Justin Timberlake, Myla Smith, Bobby Whitlock, and Rev. Al Green, as well as a number of college and professional athletes, have called Millington home. Images of America: Millington, the town’s first photographic history, presents people, places, and events—great and small—that have contributed to the community’s success.
Author Bio: Author Rita Hiltenbrand Hall earned a master of arts in liberal studies with her studies of kinship and community in the South and is pursuing a doctorate in history at the University of Memphis. Her interest in Millington history stems, in part, from her deep roots in the area; her ancestors first settled in the 1830s near what would become Millington. The selected images have been generously contributed by Millington families and businesses and by Shelby County libraries and archives.
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