St. Joseph's Hospital (Memphis, Tennessee)

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Saint Joseph Hospital was a Catholic operated hospital located at 220 Overton Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. It is most well known for being the hospital where Martin Luther King Jr. was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 1968. [1]

Erected in 1885 and operated by the Sisters of St. Francis [1], St. Joseph's would later become a Medical Center with 1,212 beds.[2] In 1997 the hospital merged with Baptist Memorial Health Care.[3] The property and buildings were then sold to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.[4] The buildings, except for a recently built Emergency Room annex which St. Jude converted into a Translational Trials Unit, were subsequently demolished to make room for an expansion. The merger between St. Joseph's and Baptist Memorial Health Care was completed in 1998 and the last patients were transferred to Baptist on November 17, 2000.[5]


  1. ^ Lokos, Lionel (1968). House Divided: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King. Arlington House. p. 48.

2. Historic-Memphis. St. Joseph Hospital.