History Comes to Life in Memphis, TN
History comes to life in Memphis, Tennessee. If you are looking to take a vacation and get in touch with the past, there is no better place to visit than Memphis. With a historic walking tour, the National Civil Rights Museum and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, you can explore the country’s cultural and social history as you wander the streets of Memphis.
Historic Memphis Walking Tour
Memphis’ rich past can be examined on an informative 90 minute walking tour that will allow you to view the old Shelby County Jail, the Battle of Memphis site, the Mageveny House, Cotton Row and other historical landmarks. Walk along Beale Street and other historical thoroughfares as you make contact with the city’s vibrant history.
Just a few miles off of Beale Street is the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, home to hundreds of pieces of memorabilia about Memphis’ soul music past. Stax Records was pivotal in bringing soul musicians like Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes to national prominence from their humble Memphis roots. Music fans will love the museum’s many displays and its celebration of the Memphis neighborhood that became referred to as Soulsville, USA.
National Civil Rights Museum
If music is Memphis’ claim to fame, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King lives on as the city’s moment of infamy. However, the Lorraine Motel, were Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, has been converted to the National Civil Rights Museum, which now pays tribute to Martin Luther King and other heroes of the movement who captured the nation’s attention and transformed America from a deeply racially segregated society to the nation we live in today, where Dr. King’s dream has begun to unfold. Look back in time through the Little Rock High School incident, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and so much more by paying a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum.