Carnival Memphis http://wknofm.org en Cotton Carnival, The Cotton Makers Jubilee, And Carnival Memphis http://wknofm.org/post/cotton-carnival-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 http://wknofm.org Cotton Carnival, The Cotton Makers Jubilee, And Carnival Memphis R.Q. Venson And The Cotton Makers Jubilee http://wknofm.org/post/rq-venson-and-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 http://wknofm.org R.Q. Venson And The Cotton Makers Jubilee