Street cred: Behind-the-scenes man has run Beale for decades

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 24, 2024 11:29 AM CT | Published: May 21, 2024 4:00 AM CT

In 1983, when Beale Street reopened as the city-owned entertainment district, Al James, now 71, became its official manager, running the hardscape of one of the country’s most famous streets like it was his own front yard.


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Jane Roberts

Jane Roberts

Longtime journalist Jane Roberts is a Minnesotan by birth and a Memphian by choice. She's lived and reported in the city more than two decades. She covers business news and features for The Daily Memphian.


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