- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - State officials say T.O. Fuller State Park in Shelby County will be celebrating recent park improvement projects with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The ceremony set for Friday at 10 a.m. at the park near the Mississippi River in southeast Memphis will also include a tour and brief comments by parks officials and politicians.

Recent improvement projects at the 1,138-acre park include an education and nature center, upgraded softball field and tennis courts, a playground and a water bottle refill station courtesy of the Tennessee Clean Water Network.

T.O. Fuller was the first state park open for African-Americans east of the Mississippi River. It was designated Shelby County Negro State Park in 1938 and was later changed to T.O. Fuller State Park in 1942 in honor of Dr. Thomas O. Fuller.

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