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A Historic Tour of Memphis, TN

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FC: Memphis, TN A Historical View

1: In 1977, this radio station became the first Memphis radio station owned by African Americans; now the #1 Gospel Radio Station in a Memphis and a favorite among visiting DJs. It is located at 363 South Second Street, Memphis, TN

2: Thr | Organized in 1946 by A Maceo Walker and John A Walker, the African-American owned bank's original building was located at 386 Beale Street where much of Black Memphis business and civil rights planning occurred

4: Bronze Statue of W C Handy in Handy Park, Memphis, TN - Beale Street

5: W C Handy Park | W C Handy Park where local and well known artists perform.

6: Burkle Estate, Slavehaven - A white. no frills, wooden house built in 1849 that served as one of Memphis' most important stations on the Underground Railroad. Located at 826 N . Second Street

8: Named in honor of a journalist, civil and women’s rights advocate who spoke truth to power; Wells newspaper building was located in this vicinity (300 block of Beale Street, Memphis, TN) before it was burned to the ground; though she had to flee Memphis, her written achievements have far outlived her oppressors

9: Graceland, home of the King of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis Presley

10: Robert R Church was an African-American entrepreneur and land owner who's father was a white steamboat captain. He was thought to be a millionaire. He purchased a large amount of land on Beale street and constructed an amazing auditorium that became known as Church Park and Auditorium. This auditorium was a cultural and recreational center for African- Americans and was by far the most extravagant of its kind during this time period. In 1902 President Theodore Roosevelt spoke to 10,000 people at the auditorium

11: Built mostly with the labor of enslaved people in 1828, several Civil War generals from the north and south made it an important stop in their travels; an on-site school was used to teach several hundred people how to read English by the Freedmen’s Bureau after their emancipation

13: Universal Life Insurance Company Founded in 923 by Dr. Joseph E Walker, A.W. Willis, Sr. and M.W. Bonner, all African-Americans, this was the fourth largest African-American owned insurance company in the United States. During the era of racial segregation, it was one of the few places where Blacks could gather for their civic and social affairs.”

14: ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL SUNSET OFF TKRABI POINT | November 11 | In 1925, Tom Lee, an African American who could not swim, risked his life in a small to rescue 32 European Americans from a sinking steamship 25 miles south of here; in gratitude this monument and scenic riverside park were named in his honor; a frequent gathering place for picnics and kit flying. Located on Riverside Drive, south of Beale Street

15: Calvary Episcopal Church located Downtown, Memphis TN at 102 N Second Street

16: Sun Studio - 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN

17: The Birthplace of Rock N' Roll and home to the 'Million Dollar Quartet' - Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

18: The Lorraine Motel located at 450 Mulberry Street, Memphis. This is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

19: National Ornamental Metal Museum located at 374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, TN. It is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the preservation and promotion of fine metalwork; it’s a place where art is made. At the Metal Museum you can see works of art, see artists work, learn the craft and craft the art.

20: "Historic Sites in Memphis, TN

25: Robert Church Park

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