Frank Clement campaigns on the Shelbyville square for the Democratic nomination for governor in a photo dated July 12, 1952. (T-G file photo)
It's July 1952, and young Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Clement is rallying support on the Shelbyville square.
Looks like Clement, then 32, has drawn quite a crowd to the square's east side.
Go to http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/imagegallery.php?EntryID=C107 to read about Clement. To sum up, he was a moderate Democrat whose memorable achievements, according to a Wikipedia entry, were providing free textbooks in all Tennessee public schools and having white lines painted on the sides of Tennessee's highways (supposedly road builders were among his big supporters).
Clement, then only 32, was obviously holding forth on the east side of the square. Note the grocery store at bottom right. Was that Kroger or A&P in the building now occupied by the Center for Family Development?
Today's Kroger store has a plaque reading "Est. 1954" but I'd heard the first Kroger in Shelbyville was on the square well before 1954.
The photographer didn't make any closer-up shots of the rally. Apparently this photo was taken from a second floor window of the corner building on Depot which now houses a clothing store, the former Rexall building.
Also, note the directions in which the truck and car at bottom left are headed, and in which the cars in the center parking area are aimed. Obviously the square's traffic flow wasn't one-way counterclockwise as it is today.
Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog.