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Tom Lee Park, Memphis

Tom Lee Park - Memphis, Tennessee
Tom Lee Park
South Riverside Drive, Memphis, TN 38103Map
+1 901 543 5333(Tourist Information)
Neighborhood: Downtown
Overview

Tom Lee was an African-American living in Memphis who became a hero when he saved 32 people from a sinking steamboat in 1925. Even though he could not swim, he rowed a small boat into the strong currents of the Mississippi River to rescue the victims. Tommy Lee Park, stretches for a mile and half along the banks of the river, is dedicated to this hero and contains a monument to him. This is the site of several events throughout the year, including the Barbecue Contest, the Sunset Symphony concert at the end of May, and a Jazz Festival.

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