Carpenter Law, PLLC is located in the historic Tri-State Bank building located at Three Eight Six Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103.  Our building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was constructed in the 1890’s and has been the home to a variety of the most significant Black Owned Businesses located on Beale Street for over a 100 years.  Below is a list of the businesses that have occupied this building since its creation. 

Historically Significant Tenants of 
 Three Eight Six Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee

CARPENTER LAW, PLLC

(successor of Charles E. Carpenter, A Professional Corporation)

(1992- PRESENT)

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Tri-State Bank of Memphis (1946-1971)

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Memphis World Newspaper (1937-1946)

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Universal Life Insurance Company (1933-1953)

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Attorney William H. Foote (After whom the Foote Homes public housing project was named) (1919-1925)

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Mississippi Beneficial Life Insurance Company (Predecessor of Universal Life Insurance Company) (1919-1925)

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Solvent Savings Bank & Trust Company (1914-1927)

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Pace & Handy Music Company (1914-1918)

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Dr. George R. Jackson (Pharmacist) (1910-1912)

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The Home Grocery Company (1891-1895)

Since inception, in addition to the above listed businesses, the building has been the location of many important planning meetings and strategy sessions during the Memphis Civil Rights Era.  After Tri-State Bank of Memphis moved out of the building in 1971, the building subsequently endured a massive fire and was left gutted and abandoned until 1992, when the building was purchased and renovated by Attorney Charles E. Carpenter, Sr. Attorney Carpenter had a vision for the building and often remarked that a historic building on a world famous street is the perfect setting for the unique and innovative law firm that he founded in April of 1978.  The Firm moved into the historic building on November 1, 1992 and the location remains as the principal office of Carpenter Law, PLLC.  During the Firm’s tenure the historic building has regained its luster of hosting important civil rights, political and civic meetings.

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