New Digital Collection: Colton Greene

Night of the Carnival

Thanks to the hard work of University of Memphis history student Christopher Montoya, the Colton Greene is now available online.

Colton Greene, a businessman and Civil War veteran, is remembered as the originator of the Mardi Gras celebrations in Memphis in the 1870s.  The collection contains materials related to his service in the Civil War as well as documents related to the planning and execution of the extravagant Mardi Gras celebrations hosted by the Mystic Society of Memphi.

A few highlights include hand-drawn maps of the Trans-Mississippi Military Districtnumerous invitations to Mardi Gras events, and pages from the sketchbook, Mardi-Gras Costume Designs for the Society of Memphi.

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