Sun
Jan 29 2006
04:59 pm

A local law firm is sponsoring an exhibit of Jim Thompson's photography at the Knoxville airport:

An exhibit of 10 historical, Knoxville-area photos, titled "Knoxville: Reflections in Time," [went] on display at McGhee Tyson Airport [last] Thursday.

Sponsored by Knoxville law firm Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, the exhibit is a collection of photographs taken by the late, legendary photographer Jim Thompson that highlight important milestones in East Tennessee history.

According to the article, the exhibit will run for eight to nine months in the baggage claim area. The public is invited. Thirty minutes free parking will be provided for visitors.

Photos include among others: "Funeral train of attorney, U.S. Congressman and presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan (of Scopes Monkey Trial fame) stopped at Southern Railway Station in 1925; President Franklin Roosevelt's dedication of Great Smoky Mountains National Park at Newfound Gap in 1940; Lunchtime at the S&W Cafeteria, a center of downtown life for Knoxvillians from 1927 to 1981; Shoppers inside the original Market House on Market Square, which closed in 1959 and was demolished in 1960; Students constructing a football field for the University of Tennessee Volunteers in 1921 that would become Neyland Stadium."

As a side note, if you're ever out in South Knoxville stop by Smoky Mountain Wine and Spirits on Chapman Highway to see an amazing wall-sized mural of the famous FDR Smoky Mountains dedication photo.

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