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Libertyland

Memphis, Tennessee

A very kind man once operated the carousel in this park. When a child’s balloon flew into the carousel one day, the man offered to retrieve it. He, however, forgot to turn the carousel off and was resultantly decapitated. It is said the man now roams around the attraction occasionally making his presence known.

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May 12, 2011, 6:11 am

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Cyma80 says:

June 28, 2011, 11:25 am

Liberty Land has been torn down a few years ago. I have lived in Memphis all my life and have been there many times. I have never seen anything there but that does not mean its not true.

Charles Long says:

July 16, 2016, 7:57 pm

I worked as a ride operator at Libertyland the year they opened in 1976. I was assigned to the Antique Cars and Michael was assigned to the Carousel. We had all graduated from High School a couple of months earlier and it sounds a bit strange to hear him referred to as a man. We were all 17 and 18 years old. Since the Carousel was right next to the Antique Cars we all became friends. The Antique Cars had five or six ride operators, while the Carousel had only one. One of us from the Antique Cars would relieve Michael for his dinner break.

Here are a few facts that will clear up a few misconceptions about what happened. Michael was tragically killed trying to retrieve a kid’s balloon. He was not attempting to be a super hero. He had turned off the switch to the ride. It taskes a carousel nearly a minute to stop totally. That is why a lot of people exit the ride before it has stopped totally. The gears are huge and it just takes that much time for them to stop. The ride had nearly come to a complete stop. Michael went in the door to the middle portion of the ride and his shirt was caught on a gear. He was pulled between this gear and the main gear. He was dead and it took the fire department over an houir to pull his body out.

I attended his funeral with several other employees from the park. That was the first time I went to a funeral of a kid my age. He was buried in the Veterans Cemetery on National, right off of Jackson Ave. The story was reported, but it was more like a large obituary than a first page story. It was probably in the Metro Section of the Commercial Appeal and in the Press Schimetar, which was still the afternoon paper at that time.

I was assigned to the Carousel a couple of times a week. When the ride was running at full speed it shook like crazy and the phone on the inside of the door to the inside of the ride would often begin to ring. It was due to the shaking, but it did scare some of the people operating it at night.

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