On Marquette Park’s Name


More on our story about the idea of moving the statue of Christopher Columbus to Marquette Park in East Memphis from the Downtown pocket park by the Shelby County Courthouse.

And it is about the name Marquette Park which as it turns out is not in honor of another famous explorer – French Jesuit explorer Jacques Marquette.

The park is named for longtime Memphis Park Commission employee Pep Marquette, says John Malmo, former chairman of the park commission board, who adds she is one of the very few women honored by the park commission in such a way.