HYPERLOCAL NEWS HUB BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS DEPARTMENT OF JOURNALISM
The Preservation of Past, Plans for Future
Story curated by Lurene Kelley/MicroMemphis Editor
Courtesy: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
July 21, 2011
It's difficult to imagine the time when Overton Park was, literally, a huge forest set in, what was then, the outskirts of Memphis.
Citizens to Preserve Overton Park, a group created to protect the park, has posted a collection of pictures taken between 1908-1913. The images show a place where Memphians rode horse drawn carriages and found nature out their front door.
Click here to see the collection.
The pictures were curated from the The Memphis Room of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
(The Memphis Room is part of a brilliant effort by the Central Library to digitally archive all of its local pictures for public use. Read our entry about it and link to the archive)
The Citizens to Protect Overton Park are encouraging Memphians to play a role in the park's future. The group is inviting people to tell the City of Memphis how they want to see the park managed and what features they'd like to see added or preserved. So far, nearly 1,500 people have participated.
Deadline to take part: August 8, 2011.
Click here for the survey.
Thanks for your input!
MicroMemphis Twitter follower Len Pipkin shared this picture link with us. The picture link was created by another follower, Naomi Van Tol. Follow them for updates about Overton Park and Midtown Memphis. If you have story ideas, contact us or @mention us on Twitter!