Extra! Shooting in Congress!

A new post on the museum blog about one of our weirder artifacts:

The Pink Palace

In the 1920s, Clifford Davis was a Memphis lawyer who wanted to enter politics. He ran for a judgeship and won with the support of the Memphis Klavern of the Ku Klux Klan. In 1940, political boss Edward Hull Crump chose Davis to fill a vacant seat in the United States House of Representatives. The availability occurred after the city council appointed Representative Walter Chandler as mayor of Memphis. Davis served as a member of the Post Office and Civil Service Committees as well as the chairman of the Committee on Flood Control. During World War II, he was on the Military Affairs Committee and used his position to get military installations for Memphis.

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On March 1, 1954, Davis was in the Capitol for a vote. The House of Representatives convened at noon to consider House Resolution 450. This resolution would re-authorize a program to allow migrant Mexican farmhands to…

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