For release: October 25, 2010
For press information, contact Tom Mendina, 901-678-4310
The Highland Area Renewal Corporation (HARC), in partnership with the University of
Memphis Libraries, will present a display in the McWherter Library rotunda depicting
the history and development of some of the religious congregations in the area. “Faith
Through the Ages in the University Area Neighborhoods” will run Nov. 1-12.
A panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Mark Matheny, executive director of HARC and
senior minister of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, will be held Wednesday, Nov.
10, at noon in the University Center Fountain View Room (Room 350). Panelists, who
will include members and historians of several area congregations, will discuss the
part that religious life has played in the growth of the area and its role in today’s
Dr. Mark Matheny
Both the exhibit and discussion are free and open to the public.
The exhibit features photographs, newspaper articles, and other memorabilia from a
variety of denominations. In addition to St. Luke’s, they include St. Anne Catholic
Church, Buntyn Presbyterian Church, and Prescott Baptist Church.
One key to the growth of the University District and the realization of HARC’s vision
is the development of faith communities and religious bodies over more than 100 years.
In 1875 Bethel Methodist Church, established at the northwest corner of Barron and
Prescott, was the first worshiping congregation in what is now called the University
District. Today there are more than 30 places of worship in the neighborhoods bordering
Highland Street between I-240 on the south and Macon Road on the north.
Paid parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.
For details, call Tom Mendina at 901-678-4310 or Virginia Hathorn at 901-452-6262.