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11:26 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Delta to "De-hub" Memphis

Credit Delta Air Lines

On Tuesday, June 5, Delta Air Lines announced that the Atlanta-based carrier will slash more than 40 percent of its service to Memphis International Airport by September.


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5:56 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Cotton Carnival, The Cotton Makers Jubilee, And Carnival Memphis

Cotton Carnival, Memphis, Tennessee, 1940
Credit Marion Post Wolcott / Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

The Great Depression pushed cotton prices to drastically low levels. The Memphis economy was suffering.

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. Today’s Carnival is usually held the first week of June. 

Because of segregation, blacks could not participate. So Dr. R.Q. Venson founded what became the Cotton Makers Jubilee in 1935 for African-Americans. The events ran parallel to one another for nearly half a century.

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7:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Grinding's Over; Grits Are Still Good

May 27, 2013 – Face painter Shun Stotts, proprietor of Parties with Pizzazz, was hired by the Grizzlies to decorate fans such as Terrihanna Ingram outside the FedExForum during the playoffs. She said the high-profile job has led to additional business.
Credit Christopher Blank

It was ten minutes before the Memorial Day Grizzlies game against the San Antonio Spurs, and outside the FedExForum visitors were being urged to “believe.”

Believe, Memphis, that the team would come back after three straight losses and win the   Western Conference Finals. Everyone was sure this was going to happen.

In case you missed the game, it did not end with a blue Bear doing a victory dance on top of the Alamo.

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Memphis Moments
5:51 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

The Flood of 1927

In Arkansas, the Mississippi River Flood of 1927
Library of Congress

Flooding along the Mississippi River is a danger that has always existed. Today, we have some protection against the forces of nature through improved levee and flood-wall systems.

But, in the early years of the 20th Century, such protection was minimal at best, and the yearly floods were a part of life on the Mississippi.

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Memphis Moments
5:50 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

Joe Rosenthal Wide World/Associated Press/Library of Congress

May 27th, the last Monday in May, is Memorial Day. Americans pause to remember and honor those who died defending our country. The observance began at Waterloo, NY on May 5, 1865, as a tribute to Union Soldiers.

For years, Southern states had separate Memorial Days. For example, Tennessee's was June 3.

Memorial Day now honors the dead of all wars in which the United States has fought. Congress declared it a Federal Holiday in 1971. Tennessee is nicknamed the Volunteer State because so many of its citizens have enlisted when needed.

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