Commercial Appeal newspaper morgue, Special Collections Department, University of Memphis Libraries
The obelisk at Tom Lee Park was constructed to honor "a worthy negro", Tom Lee (1885-1952), who single-handedly rescued 32 survivors of a sinking steamboat, the "M.E. Norman", in 1925 using only his 17 foot fishing boat. This monument was destroyed during a storm in June 2017.
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"Tom Lee Park Monument, Memphis, Tennessee" (2021). Memphis. 220.
Tom Lee Park (Memphis, Tenn.), Memphis (Tenn.)--Landmarks., Parks--Tennessee--Memphis.