VOL. 7 | NO. 22 | Saturday, May 24, 2014
This week in Memphis history: May 23-29
By Bill Dries
2013: The Memphis Grizzlies lost to the San Antonio Spurs ending the NBA team’s historic run in the playoffs after having defeated the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder in the first two rounds.
And Paul McCartney at FedExForum. McCartney paid a visit to Graceland during his time in the city, leaving a guitar pick at Elvis Presley’s grave.
1984: Plans were unveiled for a convention center hotel 10 years after the opening of the convention center – The Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza was scheduled to open the following spring as part of a new brand for the Memphis-based motel company. Eight Crowne Plazas had already opened in 10 months. Plans called for 415 guest rooms and 15 suites in the 18-story structure.
Premiering in movie theaters across the country, the movie “Making The Grade,” starring Judd Nelson, which was shot on the campus of Rhodes College, several private homes in Midtown and The Peabody hotel.
1916: The Brooks Memorial Art Gallery opened to the public after its construction at a cost of $115,000. Episcopal Bishop Thomas F. Gailor, reading a statement from Bessie Vance Brooks, the woman who donated $100,000 toward the museum in honor of her husband, Samuel Hamilton Brooks, said the museum is “for the free use and service of students of art and for the enjoyment, inspiration and instruction of our people.” The museum at its opening had no collection, no staff and no exhibition schedule.