A dedication ceremony was held for the new Christian Brothers College (now University) on Adams Street in Memphis, and classes opened on the next day. The roots of this ministry are directly related to the displacement of Chicago-based Brothers following the famous fire there (October 1871).

W. J. Battersby [FSC], History of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in the Nineteenth Century 1850-1900, Part Two (London: Waldegrave, 1963), p. 113..