January 17-23: This week in Memphis history

Monday, January 20, 2014, Vol. 129, No. 13

1998: A Klan group rallied on the steps of the Shelby County Courthouse to protest the federal holiday honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The protest ended with police using pepper spray and nightsticks to disperse the crowd of counter demonstrators and onlookers after several counter demonstrators breached a police barrier.

1972: Newly elected Gov. Winfield Dunn of Memphis delivered his first state of the state address at the Tennessee Press Association in Nashville six days after taking office as the first Republican governor of the state in 48 years. “I had no illusions regarding my leadership. I needed support wherever I could find it,” Dunn would recall.

Source: “From A Standing Start” by Winfield Dunn

1950: On the front page of The Daily News, 1,256 acres of the Lakeside Plantation in DeSoto County was auctioned off as the plantation was liquidated The plantation was 25 miles south of Memphis on Highway 81, north of a railroad viaduct.

1909: The Tennessee legislature passed statewide prohibition over the veto of Gov. Malcolm Patterson. It was to take effect July 1 but in many parts of the state including Memphis “that day passed with scarcely a ripple.” Years later, however, the refusal of Memphis Mayor E.H. Crump to enforce prohibition would lead to a successful ouster suit against Crump followed by Crump’s re-election and resignation in 1915.

Source: “Mr. Crump of Memphis” by William D. Miller.