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Sledding in Overton Park, 1958

Stories: Romney Grandi

Romney Grandi shared these photos of her family enjoying the snow in Overton Park.  These were taken in 1958 near hole #5 of the golf course.  Romney (wearing the light-colored hat) sledded through the park with her brother Michael, sister Sharon, and dad Elmo. This last photo is from 1959, of Michael, Romney, and Sharon.

Lina Farley Rhodes

Stories: Joanne Rhodes

We recently shared Shirley Tyus’ recollections of Overton Park. One of Shirley’s closest friends since age nine was Lina Farley Rhodes, with whom she grew up performing at Rainbow Lake and the Overton Park Shell.  Lina was a WAC in WWII and often took her daughter Joanne to see the memorials at Veteran’s Plaza.  Here, […]

Shirley Tyus

Stories: Shirley Tyus

Shirley Virginia Larry Tyus was born on January 2, 1917 and has a lifetime of memories of Overton Park.  We are so thrilled that she shared some of them with us at the Overton Park Stories event at the Memphis & Shelby County Room this summer. Shirley started her performance career at Overton Park as […]

Memphis Open Air Theatre program from the 1940s

Stories: Terry Starr

Terry Starr has a wealth of stories about growing up near Overton Park.  Later in her life, the park also brought her some special magic in the form of a treasured friendship.  We’re so fortunate that she chose to share those stories with us. I’m a lifelong Memphian, and I spent the first 20 years […]

Cassandra Johnson's photo of Rainbow Lake

Stories: Cassandra D. Johnson

Cassandra Johnson visited our Overton Park Stories event at the Central Library in June, and submitted a photo of the park along with a poem she wrote about her favorite ways to use the park.  Thanks so much, Cassandra! Stories of Overton Park by Cassandra D. Johnson Winter, spring, summer or fall showers a beautiful […]