Tom Lee Monument, Memphis Tenn.

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Tom Lee, an African American riverman who could not swim, witnessed a steamboat capsize and rescued 32 people from drowning in the Mississippi River in 1925. He became a local hero and today is celebrated as a symbol of reaching beyond barriers of race and class to recognize our shared humanity.

© David Alan Clark 2021