Cotton Carnival en Ethyl Horton Venson <p>Ethyl Horton Venson, co-founder and first Queen of the Cotton Makers' Jubilee, &nbsp;broke many barriers that helped promote civil rights in Memphis.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:48:30 +0000 Steve Pike 43844 at Ethyl Horton Venson Cotton Carnival, The Cotton Makers Jubilee, And Carnival Memphis <p>The Great Depression pushed cotton prices to drastically low levels. The Memphis economy was suffering.</p><p>In early 1931, Arthur Halle and a group of businessmen founded a festival to promote cotton and Memphis. The first Cotton Carnival was held in March, but soon moved to May, a warmer month.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today’s Carnival is usually held the first week of June.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:56:16 +0000 Steve Pike 31988 at Cotton Carnival, The Cotton Makers Jubilee, And Carnival Memphis R.Q. Venson And The Cotton Makers Jubilee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In March of 1934, Dr. R.Q. </span>Venson<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Beale Street dentist, took his nephew to a Cotton Carnival parade. While at the parade, his nephew pointed-out that, “the </span>negroes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> were horses,” meaning that black men were pulling the floats.</span></p><p>In reaction to this, Dr. Venson requested that blacks be allowed to fully participate in future Cotton Carnivals.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:52:31 +0000 Steve Pike 28627 at R.Q. Venson And The Cotton Makers Jubilee Marion Post Wolcott <p>On July 14, 1938, photographer Marion Post Wolcott was offered a job with the Farm Securities Administration.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:50:40 +0000 Steve Pike & Justin Willingham 16694 at Marion Post Wolcott