Founder of Memphis Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival Passes

Glynn Johns Reed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Glynn Johns Reed passed away in her home Sunday evening in the Raleigh Community area.

Reed graduated from Douglass High School in 1966 and received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from the Tennessee State University in 1971 during the era when Jim Crow laws were the acceptable status quo.

She founded the Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival in the historic Douglas Park in the North Memphis community in 1991. Much of her life was dedicated to community service.

Reed birthed a festival and created a business magazine that entrepreneurs could use to promote their products and concepts.

Reed was a businesswoman and entrepreneur that established a network of business owners and entrepreneurs from Memphis to New Orleans.

She continued to network and create opportunities for others until an illness slowed her down.

Glynn Johns Reed was 66-year-old.

1 Comment

  • Don

    I had a business about then and after, I couldn’t tell if my company employees got any slower on Junteenth,
    If they were any slower I would have called the Coroner, all of my employees lived in Memphis mostly.

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