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Titanic talk features relics from Emory collector

By Leslie King | Emory Report | April 12, 2012

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This month marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

For this special milestone, Emory Barnes & Noble bookstore presents an audiovisual lecture by M. Lamar Jones on Tuesday, April 17 at 4 p.m.

Jones, who is technical coordinator in the department of pathology at Emory University Hospital, will give a talk and presentation about the ship, its fate and its legacy. He has studied this phenomenon for years and will explore lesser-known aspects of the event.

"The sinking of the Titanic set the stage for emigration, the industry revolution and a better life in America," Jones says.

Jones will bring some relics from his own collection, including a:

• Paper napkin. Jones describes this as "a rare item that was made and given to the families of the passengers on the Titanic after it sank . . . with the printed the story of the Titanic." 

• Water faucet. "This was initially installed on the Titanic but later found defective," he says, and removed.

• Floor tile. Extra pieces were left over and stored away at Harland and Wolff Shipyards. 

For more information about this free event, contact Lang Thompson at 404-727-6219.