Memphis, TN – The Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, has had a long uneven history. When the hotel first opened in the 1920's, it was called the Windsor. In the era of Jim Crow segregation, it was one of the few hotels which welcomed black travelers.
Memphis, TN – Most of us have no idea of how much we owe to rich people. If it weren't for the rich, we might not have a car, a refrigerator, microwave, big, flat TV set. Or a computer. CD player. None of that stuff. There was a squib in Forbes Magazine last year about how the rich finance innovation for the rest of us.
Memphis, TN – Edward Lawson Bruce was born into a sawmilling family in Kansas and opened several lumberyards of his own. Unfortunately, he lost his first three sawmills to two floods and a fire in 1912. In 1914, he moved his business to Little Rock, Arkansas.
Memphis, TN – In the 1940's, the Memphis City Commission changed the name of Beale Street to Beale Avenue, because all east-west roads were designated "avenues." Twelve years later, entertainer and St. Jude founder, Danny Thomas launched a protest.
Memphis, TN – Southern Automobile Manufacturing was only in the city directory for one year, 1921, when the company made history with the construction of the Southern Six. At most, three cars were produced.