Cooper Walker Place – Johnny Cash Legacy


A while back I went to photograph Cooper Walker Place in the Cooper-Young district to capture the uniqueness of its history.

On this site in what was then Galloway Methodist Church, Johnny Cash launched his career as a singer and songwriter in December, 1954.  Backed by two friends, Luther Perkins on guitar and Marshall Grant on bass, known as the Tennessee Two, Cash sang gospel songs to the Pioneer Class, a women’s Bible study group to support missionaries.

They played gospel music and among those songs was one of his own compositions, entitled “Belshazzar.”

The original amp, Pioneer sign and music stand used by the Tennessee Two still remain today in what is now a vibrant concert venue.