Memphis Moments
5:50 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg

"Placer Mining for Minerals" - Illustration originally published in Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg's "Nord Amerika," Swedish Edition published in 1880.

Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg, an Austro-German traveler, visited Memphis a few months after the 1878 Yellow Fever epidemic.

He described his mixed reactions to the city in his memoir Travels on the Lower Mississippi.

He wrote, “After traveling to the four corners of the world, I cannot remember impressions anywhere as disagreeable as those upon entering this Memphis.

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Memphis Moments
5:52 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

R.Q. Venson And The Cotton Makers Jubilee

  In March of 1934, Dr. R.Q. Venson, a Beale Street dentist, took his nephew to a Cotton Carnival parade. While at the parade, his nephew pointed-out that, “the negroes were horses,” meaning that black men were pulling the floats.

In reaction to this, Dr. Venson requested that blacks be allowed to fully participate in future Cotton Carnivals.

His request was denied, so, Dr. Venson created the Cotton Makers Jubilee as an alternative to the racially-segregated Cotton Carnival. Black Memphians would have their own festival.

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Behind the Headlines
4:53 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Radio Roundtable: County Commissioner Mike Ritz and Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald

Behind the Headlines Host Eric Barnes
Credit Bard Cole / wkno

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, County Commissioner Mike Ritz and Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald join host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and Bill Dries, Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News, to discuss the latest developments on the Unified School front, including Judge Hardy Mays' decision to consider appointing a "special master" to streamline decision-making between the Unified School Board and the su

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Memphis Moments
5:49 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

James Winchester

James Winchester

James Winchester, one of the founders of Memphis, was born in Maryland in 1752. He served under George Washington in the American Revolution, endured capture by the British, and moved to Middle Tennessee after his release.

By 1785, Winchester had build a fortified home in this still untamed wilderness, survived Indian attacks, which killed his brother and several friends, and started a family with his young wife, Susan.

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Memphis Moments
6:53 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Frances Dancy Hooks

Dr. Benjamin and Frances Dancy Hooks

February 23rd is the birthday of Frances Dancy Hooks. In 1949, Mrs. Hooks, wife of the late Dr. Benjamin Hooks, began a career in education that would span 24 years.

She made a name for herself in the Memphis City School System. Among her many achievements was the co-founding of the Memphis Volunteer Placement Program, an effort to bring volunteer counselors to work with African American students.

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