Westwood, Memphis, Tennessee
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Westwood is a neighborhood in Southwest Memphis, west of Whitehaven. The neighborhood is home to recreational facilities, businesses, schools and churches; including the more than 4,000 member Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. The Westwood/ Charles Powell Community Center, Westwood Shopping Center and Westwood Elementary and Westwood High School are focal-points of the community. The Double Tree Montessori School is just across Weaver Rd. in nearby Double Tree.
Westwood is bounded by South Third on the east, Weaver Rd. on the west, Levi Road on the north and West Shelby Drive on the south.
The Weaver Family, whose ancestors owned a 4,000-acre (16 km2) cotton plantation, sold some of their land in the 1950s for development of a subdivision in the south-western section of Shelby County. The subdivision became Westwood and later the area in and near the subdivision was annexed into Memphis. As the neighborhood grew in the 1960s, businesses were built and established to serve the residents. Along with the growth of Westwood, was The Hill Top which includes the Double Tree Road vicinity. The growth continued in the 1970s when a large number of blacks began moving into the neighborhood. In 1973, Rev. James Netters moved his congregation, Mt Vernon Baptist Church, from Mississippi Boulevard to the former all-white Westwood Baptist Church on Parkrose. In 1991, the renovation of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Westwood was completed and now it is one of the largest congregations in Memphis.
- McCorkle, Anna Leigh (1967). Tales Of Old Whitehaven.