Each year, the Memphis in May International Festival includes new exhibits from the honored country as part of its events. “Richard Halliburton and the Panama Canal” at Rhodes’ Barret Library is among this year’s lineup with Panama being the honored country.
In 1928, Richard Halliburton, a distinguished world traveler and author from Memphis, paid 36 cents to swim through the Panama Canal, the lowest toll ever paid to cross the canal, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
All vessels that pass through the Panama Canal pay a toll based on their weight. The highest toll to date was $330,000 paid by a Disney cruise ship in 2008. This Rhodes exhibit takes a deeper look into the life of the celebrated adventurer and includes eight cases of Halliburton papers and memorabilia.
Free and open to the public, the display runs May 12 through September. Summer hours are 8:30-6:00 Monday through Friday, with special hours on Wednesday until 8 p.m.