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VOL. 6 | NO. 21 | Saturday, May 18, 2013

This week in Memphis history: May 17-23

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2012: Construction began on Greenbrier Apartments at South Front Street and East Nettleton Avenue, a $2.5 million, three-story development with 25 apartment units and underground parking.

1993: Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter signed legislation creating TennCare as Tennessee’s version of Medicaid.

1973: On the front page of The Daily News, a study by Memphis State University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research concluded Shelby County would not have a majority African-American population for the next 50 years, as it did from 1880 to 1910. “If blacks in Shelby County hope to gain a stronger say in local government, it must come through working with whites in a spirit of cooperation,” said Donald E. Pursell, senior research associate of the bureau. 2010 U.S. Census numbers show 52.3 percent of the county’s population is black.

1951: Billy Graham headlined the Greater Memphis Evangelistic Campaign at the Fairgrounds.

1857: James McMillan, a slave trader from Maysville, Ky., was shot and fatally wounded on the Memphis riverfront by Isaac Bolton, a slave trader angry over a previous deal in which McMillan sold him a slave whose term had ended, forcing Bolton to make a refund. Bolton, who was later acquitted, reportedly shot McMillan and then threw a knife on the floor by McMillan claiming McMillan had tried to attack him. The incident kicked off the county’s bloodiest feud, which continued after the Civil War and slavery ended.

– Source: “The Bolton-Dickins Feud” by Kenneth Hensley

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 72 238 10,116
MORTGAGES 103 297 13,172
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 40 2,578
BUILDING PERMITS 192 562 24,086
BANKRUPTCIES 75 227 9,760
BUSINESS LICENSES 20 71 3,674
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 126 390 14,353
MARRIAGE LICENSES 15 68 3,131

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