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Tom Lee Memorial

A very worthy Negro Tom Lee with his boat "Zev" saved thirty-two lives when the steamer U.S. Norman sank about twenty-miles below Memphis May 8, 1925 but he has a finer monument than this-an invisible one-a monument of kindliness, generosity, courage and bigness of heart-his good deeds were scattered everywhere that day and into eternity. This monument erected by the grateful people of Memphis. Watkins Overton E.W. Hale Frank Tobey Walter Chandler Will Fowler John T. Dwyer Col. Garner Miller E.H. Crump, Chm. John Vesey O.I. Williams Joe Boyle Claude Armour Joe Curtis John Heiskell Abe Plough H.S. Lewis Jim Wood Hugo Dixon Francis Andrews Robert Fredericks