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(Memphis) The LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development is working to build on the success of Stax Museum and the Soulsville Charter School.

They have rented out warehouse space across from the college and Stax to Memphis Music Magnet.

The group is working to attract artists and organizes free shows on the weekends. Some of the shows even include the Memphis Symphony.

The idea is to give people in the neighborhood a chance to experience the arts.

There are also plans to renovate blues legend Memphis Slim’s home as a resource center for musicians.

“We want to turn it into a collaboratorium where musicians can come and collaborate.” said Jeffrey Higgs with the LeMoyne-Owen C.D.C. “We are trying to renovate Walker Avenue, the gateway to the community.”

The LeMoyne-Owen College C.D.C. hopes to eventually recruit a grocery store to fill that warehouse space.

They hope to attract more people to the neighborhood and give those already there healthier food options.