Tom Lee anniversary reflects larger changes after hero’s life

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 08, 2021 5:59 PM CT | Published: May 08, 2021 5:59 PM CT

The 2006 sculpture honoring Tom Lee’s 1925 rescue of 32 people from the Mississippi River is a prominent part of plans to remake the popular park. But the fate of a 1954 monument that refers to Lee as a “very worthy Negro” is uncertain.


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Bill Dries covers city and county government and politics. He is a native Memphian and has been a reporter for more than 40 years.