MISSISSIPPI RIVER MEMORIAL

MISSISSIPPI RIVER MEMORIAL

This monument was dedicated to the memory of “A Very Worthy Negro” who save a number of people when a ship sunk. The happened in the 1920s but the monument was erected in 1954.

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  1. His name was Tom Lee and the entire stretch of riverbank is Tom Lee Park. It is the site of “Memphis in May” and the huge barbecue festival that covers many acres.

    • bschechter

      Thanks for adding the his name, Dick. Actually the reason I posted this photo is to help recall that as recently as 1954, it was possible to inscribe a memorial with the words “A Very Worthy Negro.” A distinction seems to be made here between Tom Lee and most of the other “Negroes.” In memorializing Tom Lee in this way, the perverse mindset of that time was also set into stone. (Bill)

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