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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Medical District in Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

George W. Lee

1894 - 1976

George W. Lee Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
1. George W. Lee Marker
Inscription.  Political, business and civic leader, Lee was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Expeditionary Force. Heroic in W.W.I, he was an active black combat officer. An insurance executive and capitalist, Lee was leader of the Lincoln League and Old Guard Republican Party for 45 years in Shelby County. He was a Tenn. Republican Exec. Committeeman and, in 1952 at the Republican Convention, he seconded the nomination of Robert Taft for president. Orator and author of Beale Street. Lee was the Order of Elks Grand Commissioner of Education. In 1973, his portrait was placed in the State Capitol.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 144.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansGovernment & PoliticsWar, World I. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1952.
Location. 35° 8.331′ N, 90° 2.638′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. It is in the Medical District. Marker
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is on Beale Street, ¼ mile west of S. Lauderdale Street, on the left when traveling east. Get to Lauderdale street you have gone to far. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 512 Beale Street, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hunt-Phelan Home (a few steps from this marker); It was a Struggle for Freedom For Dignity and For Equality (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blair T. Hunt, Sr. / Blair T. Hunt, Jr. (about 500 feet away); The Commercial Appeal / Publishing Locations (about 800 feet away); First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Universal Life Insurance Building / Universal Life Insurance Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Railroad in West Tennessee (approx. 0.2 miles away); Phi Beta Sigma/Abram Langston Taylor (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
George W. Lee Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ken Smith, May 12, 2012
2. George W. Lee Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 610 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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