It was 1889 when an African-American man named #Thomas Moss opened the People’s Grocery in the “Curve,” a Black neighborhood just outside the #Memphis city limits. He did this because as a business man he wanted to make money, and he wanted to help his Black community. The big problem with this was there was a White-owned grocery store across the street, and the White people did not take too kindly to the Black competition. So, to show Moss just how they felt about him and his business a White mob invaded the store. During the altercation, three of the white men who invaded the store were shot and injured. Even though Moss, and two other #black men were just trying to protect themselves and business they were jailed and sat awaiting trial. During this time another White mob formed this time they invaded the jail and killed Moss and his two Black friends. The three Black men were also friends of Ida B. Wells and after finding out what happened. She wrote Free Speech and Headlight, urging Blacks to leave quickly leave Memphis. Watch this video to find out more about the Memphis move, and the boycotts of the white-owned businesses.