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Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper morgue, Special Collections Department, University of Memphis Libraries

Identifier

sc.0475.0235a_011.002

Description

M.E. Norman was a stern wheel steamboat built in 1924. On May 8, 1925, during a sightseeing tour on the Mississippi River just south of Memphis, the Norman capsized and sank rapidly. Tom Lee, a 39-year-old African American river worker, was returning to shore in a 28-foot motorboat, Zev, when he saw the boat sinking. Working throughout the night Lee was able to rescue 32 passengers from the river. Unfortunately, 23 passengers and crew drowned. The inscription "May 1/26" is a mistake as the Norman wreckage was never recovered from the river.

Date Created

6-28-2021

Date

1920s

Keywords

Paddle steamer--Mississippi River

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