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M.E. Norman was a 113-foot
(34 m)-long sternwheel steamboat operated by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers.
On May 8, 1925, the M.E. Norman sank after an
explosion. Tom Lee, an African-American
riverworker, saved the lives of 32 passengers.
In a freak accident, the M.E. Norman sunk on May 8,
1925, near Cow Island Bend in Memphis, Tennessee, drowning 23 people. The passengers
were engineers with their families who were attending a convention
rescues 32 lives
Tom Lee, an African-American riverworker, was
personally credited with using a small rowboat to save the lives of
32 passengers. He acted with no regard for his own safety,
continuing to search after night fell. Because of his efforts, only
23 people died.
Tom Lee Park in
Memphis, Tennessee is named in his honor. In October 2006, a bronze sculpture was erected in
the park to commemorate the event and to honor the civil hero.
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