A symbol of a lion’s paw is the music symbol for the city of Memphis.
And, like most symbols, it was designed to reflect a specific historical time.
“The lion was chosen as a musical symbol because it represents a symbol of unity, of strength, of freedom, and of love,” wrote Memphis native and composer Matt Miller.
“It symbolizes the spirit of unity and the unity of mankind.”
But the lion wasn’t the only one.
Other Memphis symbols are based on ancient symbols of royalty, like the phoenix, and the pharaoh’s helmet.
The Memphis Grizzlies.
The City of Memphis, the state capital.
The Lion King.
The city of Washington, D.C. The Confederate battle flag, a flag of the South that was adopted by the Confederacy after the Civil War.
“If you want to use something to make it more iconic, make it a symbol that was chosen for that particular time,” Miller said.
But as Miller explained in an email to Politico, he also felt that the Memphis music symbol was appropriate because of the historical context.
“Memphis has always been a place of unity,” he said.
“I think this symbol really represents a lot of that.”