The obelisk built in 1954 in Memphis, Tennessee, was to memorialize the heroic acts of one Tom Lee who in 1925 saved the lives of 32 people, pulling them from the Mississippi River though he couldn’t even swim himself.
The granite obelisk was installed in the Riverfront Park two years after his death from cancer. In 2017 the memorial was knocked down by a storm. It has since been repaired. The park is named Tom Lee Park in his honor and that is where the Memphis In May celebration is traditionally held each year in May. There is also another newer Tom Lee Monument sculpture to the South of this obelisk.
Artist and Memphian Karen Francis painted the scene in this art print, never before publicly released, called "Tom Lee Monument" in the nineteen nineties. The original oil on canvas, possibly named Tom Lee Park, was gifted away to a courageous, hard working, patient person. This print is from a photograph of the original painting and is annotated with the words "“Tom Lee Monument” by Karen Francis for the 200th anniversary of Memphis, TN, 2019.”
This artwork may be purchased online as a custom print from fineartamerica.com or pixels.com Each item is printed only as an order comes in and shipped promptly. There are many selections of frames and papers as well, so you may personalize your selection to suit your decor. Every order has a 30 day money back satisfaction guarantee. The image may also be ordered on a mug, throw pillow, tote bag, spiral notebook, greeting card, and many other items. Click the image to see the large version. The FAA logo does not appear on the finished printed item.
May 1st, 2019
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