Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Erected 1981 by Citizens to Preserve Overton Park and the Memphis Park Commission.
Location. 35° 8.814′ N, 89° 58.932′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on East Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38112, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); Rhodes College (approx. 0.7 miles away); Memphis Belle (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Overton Park Shell/The Levitt Shell At Overton Park Tennessee Williams Play (approx. 0.8 miles away); William Neely Mallory (approx. 0.8 miles away); Southwestern Alumni World War II Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fargason Fields (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Also see . . .
1. Landscape of the American Renaissance: The Life and Work of George Edward Kessler by Kurt Culbertson. Unpublished biography of the designer of Overton Park (Submitted on June 24, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
2. Park History. The Overton Park Conservancy provides a history of the park: On November 14, 1901, the City of Memphis purchased a 342-acre tract of land from Nashville residents Ella and Overton Lea (for $110,000) and “Lea’s Woods” became Overton Park. The park was designed by landscape architect George Kessler as part of a comprehensive plan that also included Martin Luther King-Riverside Park and the Memphis Parkway System. The park was officially named after John Overton, a co-founder of Memphis, on July 25, 1902.... In the late 1950s Overton Park became the subject of controversy when 26 of its 342 acres were condemned by the State of Tennessee for a planned right-of-way for (Submitted on September 1, 2015.)
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