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G. Wayne Dowdy: Lost Restaurants of Memphis

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About the book: 

Memphis is well known for its cuisine, and there is no end to the iconic restaurants that hold a place in the hearts of locals. Johnny Mills Barbecue was home to the "barbecue king of Beale Street". Gaston's Restaurant was owned by John Gaston, the "prince of Memphis restauranteurs". Leonard's Pit Barbecue was operated by Leonard's Pit Barbecue was operated by Leonard Heuberger, the man who invented the pulled pork sandwich. Gayhawk Drive-In was hugely popular with African Americans during segregation. Author G. Wayne Dowdy details the history of Memphis's most celebrated restaurants and the reasons they will live forever. 


About the author:

G. Wayne Dowdy holds a Master's Degree in history from the University of Arkansas and is a certified archives manager. He is the author of Mayor Crump don't like it: Machine Politics in MemphisHidden History of MemphisCrusades for Freedom: Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South, a Brief History of MemphisOn This Day in Memphis History and Scouting in Memphis: a History of the Chickasaw Council, BSA, and Everyone Shapes History. Dowdy has served as a researcher for the NBC-TV series Who Do You Think You Are?, the PBS series History Detectives: Special Investigation and the HBO/Cinemax series Quarry. The host of the WYPL-TV program The Memphis Room, Dowdy has appeared on C-Span, NOS Dutch Public Radio and the documentaries Overton Park: a Century of ChangeMemphis memoirs: Downtown and Citizens not Subjects: Reawakening Democracy in Memphis. In 2015 he was awarded the Tennessee Historical Commission's Certificate of Merit for his book On This Day in Memphis History. He is an Eagle Scout who served eight summers on the staff of Kia Kima Scout Reservation.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm
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387 Perkins Ext.
Memphis, TN 38117
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ISBN: 9781467142526
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Published: History Press - October 14th, 2019