As Memphis history goes, G. P. Hamilton, was one of my heroes. If you get a chance to read his book ” The Bright Side” its worth your time, especially if you call yourself interested in Memphis history.
Green Polonius “G P” Hamilton
Death: May 29, 1932
Author of the 1908 book ‘The Bright Side of Memphis’ an early book on the Black residents of Memphis, and in 1911 “Beacons of the Race”.
In 1892 Hamilton, an honors graduate of Le Moyne was appointed principal of Kortrecht, the first public high school for blacks in Memphis. There he organized the first black high school band in the city. He was the first principal of B.T. Washington High School.
Hamilton Elementary, Jr. and Sr. High Schools are named for him. Last address: 620 St. Paul.
The online version of The Bright Side of Memphis can be found at ttp://bit.ly/2WDEkfw
And you can purchase the book here. https://amzn.to/2DTuwqJ
Written by Joe Lowry with research and editorial assistance by Trish Gully.