Ida B. Wells statue unveiling spotlights new issues

By , Daily Memphian Updated: July 16, 2021 4:24 PM CT | Published: July 16, 2021 3:44 PM CT

A new monument on Beale Street honors the 19th century school teacher, journalist and anti-lynching figure. The recognition comes 130 years after Wells left the city just ahead of a mob that ransacked her newspaper office.

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Ida B. Wells Michelle Duster Daniel Duster Van Turner Lee Harris

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