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By Published: April 15, 2019 8:35 AM CT
  • Memphis customs agent discovers animal skull
  • LeMoyne-Owen marker honors last class before merger
  • Pink Palace programs to commemorate Apollo 11 mission

Memphis customs agent discovers animal skull

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent discovered a shipment in Memphis this week that could have put livestock at risk, according to the agency.

CBP says the Memphis agricultural specialist found the salt-encrusted skull of a caprine – a hoofed animal found in mountainous regions of Asia, Africa, North America and Europe – while inspecting a package labeled as “gift salt” Wednesday night. Horns and tissue were visible inside the skull, which had been shipped from Djibouti, a country known to be affected with foot-and-mouth disease.

The disease, which can spread rapidly among animals, was eradicated in the U.S. in 1929.

“This particular disease is detrimental to U.S. agriculture,” Stanley Pirtle, CBP New Orleans agricultural operations manager, said in a release. “It could create an outbreak among U.S. livestock if it’s allowed to enter the country and is improperly handled.”

The Area Port of Memphis is one of three area ports under the New Orleans CBP Office of Field Operations, along with Area Port of Mobile and the Area Port of New Orleans.

The skull and horns were destroyed using steam sterilization to mitigate the risk of disease.

-Kate Crawford


LeMoyne-Owen marker honors last class before merger

A new marker at LeMoyne-Owen honors the LeMoyne College class of 1968, the last class to graduate before the school became LeMoyne-Owen College.

The marker notes that the class distinguished itself through leadership in civil rights advocacy. 

That year's class included 126 seniors, and they were the final graduates before LeMoyne merged with Owen Junior College to create the current institution.

The marker was dedicated during a ceremony April 12. 

-Ron Maxey


Pink Palace programs to commemorate Apollo 11 landing

Memphis Pink Palace Museum will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with its "Memphis to the Moon" campaign this summer.

Activities kick off with the movie "Apollo 11: First Steps Edition" beginning May 25 at the CTI Theater. A Launch Party will be held that day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring family-friendly, space-related activities.

Also this summer, the planetarium will show "Back to The Moon: For Good" about the Apollo 11 mission and six other moon missions.

-Ron Maxey

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