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VOL. 8 | NO. 15 | Saturday, April 4, 2015

This Week in Memphis History: April 3-9

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2014: The National Civil Rights Museum reopens following a $27 million renovation and expansion. The ceremony featured a wide swath of veterans from the civil rights movement, ranging from Bernard Lafayette to Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Seale.

1973: The Mississippi River at Memphis is at 40.4 feet, as the largest volume of water since 1927 makes its way down the river. The floodwaters creep into Tom Lee Park and onto Riverside Drive. Despite the volume of water, the river level at Memphis stays several feet below the 1937 record of 48.7 feet and what would become the next highest high-water mark, 47.8 feet in 2011.

Isaac Hayes on Dec. 15, 1971, in Hollywood. 

(AP Photo/George Brich)

1971: Memphis Symphony Pops concert features Isaac Hayes.

1945: On the front page of The Daily News, Fred Smith, president of Dixie Greyhound Lines, announces a Super Toddle House restaurant will be built on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and Dunlap Street. Nowland Van Powell is the architect for the restaurant, which will cost $40,000 and be four times bigger than the template for the Toddle House restaurants.

1945: First National Bank announces plans for two bank branches, one at Lamar Avenue and Airways Boulevard and the other at Third Street and McLemore Avenue. Meanwhile, Union Planters Bank officials announce a temporary Highland Heights branch will open in May in the 3300 block of Summer Avenue.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 23 23 1,365
MORTGAGES 21 21 1,068
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 6 6 196
BUILDING PERMITS 117 117 3,173
BANKRUPTCIES 42 42 795
BUSINESS LICENSES 2 2 331
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0