Monday, October 12, 2009

On the Courthouse Steps, Part Two

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 4:46 PM

If you missed Jimmy Ogle's tour of the Shelby County courthouse last month, you have a second chance tomorrow, Tuesday, October 13th.

Ogle and other docents will be giving tours at the 100-year-old courthouse as part of its centennial celebration. The event is from 4:30 p.m. to 7 on the south lawn of the courthouse and is hosted by the Memphis Bar Association, Shelby County government, Memphis Heritage, and AIA Memphis.

"Guests will learn everything from the fascinating architecture and construction of the building to the notable trials that have taken place within its walls and the grand figures who have walked its halls. As part of the educational aspect of the event, the organizers have contracted with Icon Archive Company to install displays in the Courthouse's south corridor, as a lasting contribution to the facility. Case highlights will be an exhibit about the movies filmed at the Courthouse, including Great Balls of Fire, The Rainmaker, The Client, A Family Thing and The People vs. Larry Flynt. The Memphis & Shelby County Television and Film Commission has loaned several items from these films."

Frankly, I had no idea so many movies had filmed there (and now I'm thinking about a crime and punishment theme for next year's fashion issue) but I can totally see it.

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