Monday, May 9, 2011

Tom Lee Memorial Meaning Hits Home

Keep the people of Memphis and the surrounding region in your thoughts and prayers, please, as hundreds of citizens are now homeless and waiting anxiously for 'the creek' to stop rising.

On 08 May 1925, Memphis lumber worker Tom Lee rescued 32 people from drowning in the Mississippi River when the steamer M. E. Norman sunk beneath its waves. This memorial by artist David Allan Clark pays homage to a true hometown hero. This photo (above, by Mark Lindstrom) was taken on the 86th anniversary of his magnificent exploits. The photo below is what it currently looks like today 09 May 2011 as the Mississippi floods its banks higher than at any time since the Great Flood of 1937.

To learn more of Tom Lee and his extraordinary tale visit this LINK.

(*Photo from WMC tv channel 5)

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