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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 98 376 10,434
MORTGAGES 124 449 13,881
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 14 56 2,766
BUILDING PERMITS 196 798 23,420
BANKRUPTCIES 68 264 8,803
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 77 3,613
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 251 637 13,380
MARRIAGE LICENSES 21 93 3,117

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