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Cotton Carnival Memorial

"To live in the hearts of those we leave behind, is not to die" John Crump-Ted Northington-George Stokes Especially chosen for their fitness for the task, flew forth to carry the message of better Memphis, a Cotton Carnival from May 10th to 14th, 1939, to be far superior to any going before it; and of neighborly friendship that should continue to prevail among us. They journeyed on this goodwill aeroplane trip, inviting residents of the Mid-South to our Cotton Carnival; and, their message delivered, at the very end of their mission, their plane crashed May 2, 1939, at Grenada, Mississippi; tragically ending the bright promise of their young lives. We, the officers, directors and entire membership of the Memphis Cotton Carnival Association mourn the untimely passing of our three beloved friends and fellow workers, and erect this memorial to their everlasting memory.