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Historical Markers of Shelby County

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Blair T. Hunt, Sr. & Jr.

Blair T. Hunt, Sr., was an African-American born into slavery in Huntsville, Alabama. As a youth, he came to Memphis with his owners, the Hunt family, and lived in the Hunt-Phelan House. After emancipation, he married another former slave, Emma Shouse, and later became a master builder, contractor, and cabinet maker. His business and residence was located at 693 Linden Avenue. (Continued on other side) Blair T. Hunt, Jr. (1888-1978) The Reverend Blair T. Hunt, Jr., educator and civic and religious leader, was the son of former slaves. Educated at LeMoyne and Morehouse Colleges and Roger Williams and Tennessee A & I State universities, Hunt was the principal of Booker T. Washington High School from 1932 until he retired in 1959. In July 1918, he married Ernestine Jacobs. The Reverend Hunt was the first pastor of the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.