VOL. 9 | NO. 13 | Saturday, March 26, 2016
The Memphis News Almanac
This Week in Memphis History: March 25-31
By Bill Dries
2015: NBA legend Magic Johnson visits Memphis to announce his foundation will award $30,000 in college scholarships to students at Booker T. Washington High School.
2015: Developers Archie Willis and Henry Turley unveil their concept plan for the redevelopment of Central Station, including a boutique hotel by Kemmons Wilson Enterprises in the station building, a Malco movie theater and possibly a grocery store – totaling a $52 million private investment.
1974: The Miami Dolphins backfield of Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Paul Warfield announces they will leave the NFL together to play in the new World Football League just months after the Dolphins win their second consecutive Super Bowl. They sign with the Toronto Northmen franchise for $3 million over three years starting with the 1975 season. As the trio plays out their last season in Miami, the Northmen franchise moves to Memphis and the Liberty Bowl, where they are renamed the Southmen and then the Grizzlies. Csonka, Kiick and Warfield play part of the 1975 season for the Grizzlies before the collapse of the WFL. They then return to the NFL in 1976.
1924: Groundbreaking for a new “Negro orphanage” in the Douglas Park area of the city with funding from the “community chest,” a precursor to Shelby United Neighbors and United Way. Meanwhile, The Daily News reports construction on the main building on the campus of Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College, is making “good progress” after it slowed because of a drop in contributions. Like most buildings of the day, it is built on a pay-as-you-go basis.