A group in Frayser created a new clothing line called “Bee Memphis,” which stands for “becoming economically empowered.” The owners say they want to reverse economic decline in the community due to the loss of jobs and residents in the area.
Organizers hope Bee Memphis becomes a manufacturing company and employs young people. For now, Bee Memphis apparel will be created at Union Grove Baptist church.
Beginners start in the workshop learning on commercial sewing machines before moving on to production. Bee Memphis organizers are also hoping President Trump keeps his word to make manufacturing the center of his presidency.