The Morton Museum’s 2017 Lunch ‘n’ Learn series continued on March 23 with a presentation from Rebecca Price, President and CEO of Chick History, a non-profit which tells stories of women’s roles in history. Price told the Morton audience of 4 women who made a difference in Tennessee’s work and social history: Margaret Bowen, Julia Hooks, Mary Church Terrell and Ida B. Wells.
Bowen started the labor strike at a rayon mill in Elizabethton, Tennessee in 1929 after being demoted when she asked for a raise from her $10.64 per week wage. Bowen’s strike resulted in the company opening a grievance office for employees.
Hooks and Terrell were both educators, and Wells was a journalist and newspaper owner. Each of these women were either born in or lived in Memphis for a time, and each took stands for equality in their own unique way. Each one made a difference for their generation, so much so that history remembers them.
The next Lunch ‘n’ Learn is scheduled for April 27. Katie Parr and her father Rick Broer will discuss the life and photography of Collierville’s own Bessie Dean Parr. Parr lived from 1875 to 1960, and had a photography studio in an upstairs space on Collierville’s Historic Town Square.