May 19-25, 2017: This week in Memphis history

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1917: Ell Persons is lynched by a mob of more than 5,000 people at the Macon Road Bridge. Authorities concluded Persons had murdered and raped Antoinette Rappel because they believed the dead girl’s eyes had retained an image of Persons – a practice law enforcement once used that has been thoroughly discredited. Police hand Persons over to a mob that has stopped the train bringing him back to...

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