Remembering Lafayette Draper With Darrell Uselton & Sarah Haizlip

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The Booksellers at Laurelwood says
Darrell Uselton and Sarah Haizlip bring us a collection of memories of one of our city’s most beloved and legendary citizens!

About the Book
The book chronicles the life of Lafayette Draper, Jr. and recounts how thousands of prominent local citizens as well as national celebrities experienced Lafayette Draper’s remarkable bartending skills during his fifty-plus year career. As a result of his extraordinary personality, many of those folks became close personal friends. The kindness he displayed for all people was evident by his words and actions, which helped bridge race and class barriers during a turbulent time in Memphis.

Discharged from the Navy with a young family to support, Lafayette became head bartender at the Memphis Country Club in 1958 and served the Who’s Who of Memphis for more than 50 years. As a result, he achieved an elite status of his very own – from the club members’ parties to the partygoers at his namesake, Lafayette’s Music Room in Overton Square. Along the way he met dignitaries such as Presidents Carter, Bush and Clinton, Charlton Heston, Joan Crawford, Lou Rawls, Danny Thomas, Sen. Howard Baker, Barry Manilow, Patti LaBelle, Priscilla Presley, and many more.

Using his positive spirit, love for others and trademark smile, Lafayette became one of the most respected men in Memphis and became the most sought after bartender in Memphis until his death in September, 2014. He is still considered by many to be one of the greatest treasures the city has ever produced, prompting Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton to award him with a Key to the City.
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