For release: October 21, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
"Turning Points: Important Milestones in Memphis History" will be the subject of a
panel discussion Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the University of Memphis. The program will
begin at noon in the Ned R. McWherter Library, on the fourth floor just outside the
Special Collections area. The public is welcome; there is no admission fee.
Panelists will include Dr. Beverly Bond, associate professor of history and director
of African and African-American Studies at the U of M, and author of numerous works
on African-Americans in Tennessee; G. Wayne Dowdy, archivist at the Benjamin L. Hooks
Central Library and authority on machine politics during the Boss Crump era; and Dr.
John Harkins, archivist and 2008 writer-in-residence at Memphis University School,
who recently published an authoritative book on the history of Shelby County.
The program is sponsored by the University Libraries and Friends of the Libraries.
For more information, call Tom Mendina at 901-678-4310 or Klaudia Kroboth at 901-678-2209.