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Our Story

Orange Mound

Orange Mound is the oldest African American Community in America. In 1895, a portion of the land from the vast Dederick Plantation was sliced into narrow lots and sold to African Americans for a small sum...houses were constructed by the same men who had built the finest homes in Memphis, and the neighborhood was complete in every respect with schools, churches, businesses, library, fire station, and parks.

“The House” was built in 1902, and stands stoically on the corner of Semmes and Carnes…Semmes is still considered the eastern boundary of Orange Mound.

My Cup of Tea at The House of Orange Mound exists to stabilize and edify our women–Orange Mound employees who provide excellent teas for tea enthusiasts. We are dedicated to the renaissance of historic Orange Mound, the recovery of  neighborhood hope, and the reality of respect each of our courageous employees has earned.

Working with women from the Orange Mound zip codes, 38104 and 38111, volunteers and staff teach computer literacy, child-rearing education, GED training, job readiness, cooking, sewing, gardening, and other domestic skills to women who have limited knowledge and marginal exposure to home economics, parenting models and employment. 

  • Woodworking
  • Making Wooden Tea Boxes
  • Branding our Tea Boxes
  • Front Porch Tea Time
  • Ladies Sewing Burp Cloths
  • Tending the Garden
  • The House
  • Work for Life Class
  • Tea Life Class
  • Winsome Warriors Wednesday, September 4, 2019
    The most who need assistance in Orange Mound are the least visible to those who might help. Any of us can put on blinders to the needs. Any one in need can be blind to the resource help that exis...
  • Smoking Weed and Sewing Seed Thursday, August 1, 2019
    We have had a deeply disappointing blow recently. Our newest intern chose “weed” over work. She had confessed that she was on drugs when she came into the House for her first interview. W...
  • Guide to Baby Shower & Gender Reveal Parties: Drink, Food, & Party Favor Ideas Monday, July 15, 2019
    Drink, Food, and Favor Ideas Baby showers and gender reveal parties are becoming more and more popular. With all of the creative ideas and pinterest boards to look at, it can become overwh...
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