(Memphis) In the shadows of the old Pyramid Arena, and not far from where the Ramesses II statue ruled for more than two decades, you’ll find artifacts not belonging to Memphis, Egyptians but Memphians from Tennessee.
Located inside a secured fence are more than 12,539 commemorative bricks that once lined the front of the Pyramid.
Evelyn M. King arrived early to search for a brick she bought for her late mother, Ester Chambers.
King said, “She attended Trinity Church and was in the choir and she was one of the oldest members and they were going to honor her and I thought I would put a brick in her name.”
King looks at each of the 4-by-8 inch bricks that name people, companies, and organizations and celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.
Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association or MIFA originally sold the bricks as a fundraiser before the Pyramid was built in 1991 generating more than $621,420.
James Seacat is with MIFA’s communications department.
Seacat said, “The bricks symbolize the steadfast support of the Memphis community for the work that MIFA does daily, as well for the clients.”
Since the Ramesses statue has been moved to the University of Memphis, MIFA and the city are making the bricks available to those who want to reclaim them Friday and Saturday at the Pyramid.
Seacat said, “We would like for the people to bring some form of identification that connects them with the brick and we are happy to hand the bricks over.”
Back at the Pyramid, Evelyn King’s search continued until she spotted the brick she bought.
She plans on coming back Friday to take it home as a tribute to her mother .
King said, “I thought it was next to impossible with all of these bricks out here, I didn’t think I would find it, but I was actually praying, and oh my God, I’m so thankful.”
Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m, and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., people who bought the bricks can reclaim them at the Pyramid after showing proof of purchase.
The bricks that aren’t reclaimed will be relocated to the University of Memphis campus surrounding the Ramesses II statue.