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September 13, 2017
The Cotton Museum to Host Book Talk with Wylie Graham McLallen on October 7, 2017
Memphis, TN – Join us at The Cotton Museum for a Book Talk with Wylie Graham McLallen, author of “Tigers by the River – A True and Accurate Tale of the Early Years of Professional Football”, on October 7, 2017. McLallen‘s book recounts the history of The Memphis Tigers, a short-lived but notable professional football team, organized in the late 1920s by Early Maxwell, a well-known Southern sportswriter, who sold his interests in the team to Clarence Saunders, the wealthiest entrepreneur in Memphis and founder of the Piggly-Wiggly grocery chain.
The Book Talk with Wylie Graham McLallen will be held at the Cotton Museum (65 Union Avenue) on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, and includes a reception with light hors d’oeuvres. Come relive the early days of Memphis football on the trading floor of the Memphis Cotton Museum with Mr. McLallen, and hear tales of the early years of professional football, when players moved from team to team while team owners scratched out a living. The event is free and open to the public.
Liz Bateman, Office Manager for The Cotton Museum said, “We are thrilled to host a book talk with Mr. McLallen at The Cotton Museum. His story brings Early Maxwell, Zach Curlin, and other Memphians to life again as football legends rather than street names, and includes interesting and amusing stories to share at your next tailgate.”
Attending this event supports the mission of the Cotton Museum: to preserve the history of this worldwide market place and to tell the epic story of the famed cash crop and its profound influence on the city of Memphis and, in fact, America’s history and culture at large.
About Wylie Graham McLallen
Wylie Graham McLallen grew up in Memphis and received his degree in history and English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. While maintaining a career as a programmer analyst and then as a small business owner, he has written both history and fiction. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
About The Cotton Museum
At the historic Cotton Museum in downtown Memphis we’re re-discovering the American South and telling the dynamic story of the plant that built the Bluff City. The Museum is located on the historic floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange – where cotton traders once stood at the center of the global cotton economy. Since opening its doors in 2006, the Cotton Museum has attracted nearly 100,000 visitors from across the country and around the world, and established itself as the most important national museum devoted to preserving and interpreting the story of the plant that shaped our shared history.