The Commercial Appeal

Undergroun­d view

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25 years ago: 1991

Loretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is scheduled to help dedicate the National Civil Rights Museum, which is being built at the site of her husband’s assassinat­ion. Mrs. King, comedian and activist Dick Gregory and Memphis actress Cybill Shepherd are the latest announced guests for a week of dedication activities beginning June 30. The Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, is undergoing a $9.25 million conversion to a civil rights museum. It will be the nation’s first comprehens­ive look at the civil rights movement in exhibit form.

50 years ago: 1966

Dr. James L. Goddard, commission­er of the Food and Drug Administra­tion, said Sunday that he is satisfied that the birth control pills now being used by millions of American women are “relatively safe.” In an interview, Goddard also said that the FDA is training a special corps of undercover investigat­ors to combat the illicit manufactur­e, sale and use of the “extremely dangerous” drug LSD. Increased vigilance by Government agencies and more careful farming methods have resulted in a reduction of pesticide residues on food supplies entering the market. He added that most drug manufactur­ers are co-operating with the FDA’s drive against false and misleading advertisin­g claims for prescripti­on drugs. As a result, doctors are getting more reliable informatio­n about the new medicines they are urged to try.

75 years ago: 1941

The Memphis campaign to raise $51,000 for the United Service Organizati­ons forged toward its goal yesterday as the Memphis Trades and Labor Council urged all affiliated local labor unions to support the movement.

100 years ago: 1916

“The Rivals,” Richard Brinkley Sheridan’s comedy that has enjoyed perennial youth through exactly seven score of years, will be the offering of the Coburn Players on the campus of the State Normal School June 17.

125 years ago: 1891

The little village of Bartlett has not yet ceased discussing a sensationa­l scene that occurred there day before yesterday in which four belles, with switches in their hands, administer­ed to a well-known young man a severe chastiseme­nt for certain reports said to have emanated from him.

 ?? BArney SellerS/The CommerCiAl AppeAl fileS ?? The memphis Cook Convention Center was still below ground when this early constructi­on photograph was taken on June 16, 1971.
BArney SellerS/The CommerCiAl AppeAl fileS The memphis Cook Convention Center was still below ground when this early constructi­on photograph was taken on June 16, 1971.

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