‘The gift that kept on giving’

Descendants selling 140-year-old farm of former slave

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Updated: March 01, 2020 7:23 AM CT | Published: February 28, 2020 4:05 AM CT

Hillery W. Key rose from slavery to prominence in higher education and the ministry. The large farm he bought in 1880 just northeast of Memphis will finally leave his family next month. 


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Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey retired in January as a business reporter at The Daily Memphian, and after 40 years in journalism. A Tupelo, Mississippi, native, he graduated from Mississippi State University. He has lived in Midtown for 36 years.


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