VOL. 10 | NO. 29 | Saturday, July 15, 2017
July 14-20, 2017: This week in Memphis history
2015: Former President Bill Clinton is in Memphis to speak at funeral services for Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. The day before, Bailey lies in state at the National Civil Rights Museum, which he helped found.
1973: Memphis Mayor Wyeth Chandler reports to the City Council in very general terms on a police corruption scandal in which 61 officers faced administrative charges for misconduct. By Chandler’s briefing to the council, that number had been reduced to 27 officers who were questioned. And then nine more officers were brought up on administrative charges. “We are pleased that the outcome, as we see it, is far less serious than it once appeared to be,” Chandler says. The specific allegation was that police officers had sexual relations with Charlotte Tyler, a 19-year-old from Paris, Arkansas, while uniformed and on duty, and often in patrol cars. Tyler would later claim she had sex with 300 Memphis cops ranking from patrolman to captain over a two-month period. Police Director Jay Hubbard later put the number at 24 with another 15 commanding officers indirectly involved. Their punishments were letters of reprimand or suspensions.
1923: On the front page of The Daily News: “It will now be a matter of but a few weeks until all applicants for telephones in the city will be supplied with service.”
• Demolition of the Peabody Hotel at Main Street and Monroe Avenue is scheduled to begin at the end of the month. The Lowenstein department store will be moving from its location on the southeast corner of Main and Jefferson to a new building on the site of The Peabody. Fixtures from The Peabody are being kept for possible use in the new hotel, which is to rise on the south side of Union Avenue between Second and Third streets.
• Architect E.L. Harrison is drawing up plans for an expansion of the Cossitt Library that include the addition of a third floor and a new wing. The cost, including the purchase of new books, is approximately $150,000.