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Pink Palace fans barrage council with emails

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Fans of the Pink Palace made sure their voices were heard after the Memphis City Council recently recommended cuts.

Wednesday, Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery said his email is backlogged with close to 2,000 emails from Pink Palace Museum fans.

"Citizens saying, 'Please do not cut the hours of the Pink Palace Museum and Lichterman Nature Center,'" Lowery said. "There's never been a response like this in my history on the Memphis City Council."

The Pink Palace is the number one attended museum in the state of Tennessee.  It's a family place, highlighting the many cultural and natural wonders of the Mid-south.

"It brings back childhood memories for almost anybody who's a livelong Memphian," said Barry Lichterman, President of the Museum's Board of Trustees.

Lichterman recently launched the email campaign to keep funding in place, after the Memphis City Council's Budget Committee approved cutting four vacant positions at the Pink Palace, and reducing hours from seven days a week to five days a week.  The budget also reduces the hours at Lichterman Nature Center from five to three days a week.

"Nothing is sacred," Lowery said. "We've cut from public safety, the police department.  We've cut from each division of city government."

But Lichterman claims the cuts would have a drastic affect.

"It would have substantially changed the way we could offer services to the public," he said.

And after the barrage of emails, Lowery is listening to the public outcry.

"It's won me over," he said. "I will not be voting to reduce any dollars at these two venues."

"This is a wonderful example of how social networking can go viral and you can get a tremendous response," Lichterman said.

 Lowery is only one of seven votes needed to keep the cuts from happening.  The public is welcome to attend next week's council meeting Tuesday at 3:30pm, when they'll have a final vote on the budget.

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