Bean and Prince Contractors Salutes Historic Black Memphian – Lt. George Lee


Proud of becoming one of the few black officers during World War I, George Washington Lee (1894-1976) was knows as Lt. Lee throughout his long and productive life. The senior vice-president of a national life insurance company, he was a leading force in Republican circles on both local and national levels. A novelist and short story writer, he was sometimes known as “The Boswell of Beale Street.” Both his Beale Street Where the Blues Began (1934) and River George (1937) were named Book of the Month Club alternate selections. As a result of his many contributions, a Memphis Postal station is named in his honor, and his portrait hangs in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Nashville.

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