Walls is located in North west DeSoto County near the Mississippi
River– a region referred to as “The Delta”, known for its rich,
dark soil. A relatively young
community, Walls was originally named Alpika, an old Chickasaw Indian
word. The name was changed to Walls in
Walls was named after
Captain June Walls who served in the War Between the States. Captain Walls was an early settler and
merchant of the region in the 1880s.
trail of Hernando DeSoto leads through DeSoto County to Walls.
Today, Walls is a
community rich in agriculture. Cotton,
soybeans, rice and corn are planted each spring. The railroad played a big
part in the growth of the area in the early to mid 1900s. The mechanical revolution of
the 1950’s and 60’s changed Walls. With
the advent of tractors and modern farming equipment, the face of this communitity was changed forever.
Walls is home to a famous
Blues singer. Memphis Minnie came from Algiers, Louisiana to play the Memphis Beale Street circuit in 1904. She won top female
vocalist in the first Blue’s Unlimited Reader’s Poll in 1973. In 1980, she was elected to the Hall of Fame
at the inaugural W.C. Handy Awards.
Memphis Minnie died August 6, 1973 and is buried in New Hope Cemetery in Walls. Her headstone was made
possible by contributions from Bonnie Raitt and John Fogerty.
Another famous resident of
Walls…Sacred Heart School and Scared Heart League, Inc. Sacred
Heart League, still located in Walls, raised funds through the sale of a famous
statue of Jesus Christ. In the 1960’s, the statue could be found
on the dashboards of vehicles across America.
The Town of Walls, which has been
a community since the early 1900's, is inexorably connected to the tiny Village
of Memphis which was incorporated in the early 1970's and was located just
south of the Walls community. In 2003, the Village of Memphis annexed a large portion of
the Walls area, thereby giving the Town of Walls the official status of a
municipality. Today Walls is experiencing a population and economic
resurgence and under the leadership of the Mayor and Board of Alderman.