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Wilma’s guidebook

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The Lorraine Motel was the site of Martin Luther King Junior’s assassination, and though some might have had it demolished or allowed its tainted history to dictate its future, the city of Memphis has turned the motel into an incredible homage to the civil rights movement that King labored so diligently to progress. The National Civil Rights Museum underwent a 27.5 million dollar renovation in 2012 and in order to properly exhibit the entire history of civil rights, the museum encompasses not just the Lorraine Motel, but several surrounding buildings as well.
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National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
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The Lorraine Motel was the site of Martin Luther King Junior’s assassination, and though some might have had it demolished or allowed its tainted history to dictate its future, the city of Memphis has turned the motel into an incredible homage to the civil rights movement that King labored so diligently to progress. The National Civil Rights Museum underwent a 27.5 million dollar renovation in 2012 and in order to properly exhibit the entire history of civil rights, the museum encompasses not just the Lorraine Motel, but several surrounding buildings as well.
his site is for the real “soul searchers” out there. Yes, that’s the second time the same pun has been used in one article. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is another must-see attraction for music fans and non-music fans alike. An exact replica of the former Stax Records recording studio, it resides at the very address where Stax Records once operated and boasts a gargantuan 17,000 square foot museum full of vintage musical instruments, mementos and exhibits. These exhibits concern the history of soul music and also emphasize the various influential artists who had, at one time or another, signed with Stax Records. Among the many exhibits are those dedicated to past and present Stax Records artists Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding and Albert King, among many others. Though the museum focuses on Stax Records artists, it also boasts a massive video footage collection of various non-Stax artists such as James Brown, Tina Turner, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder and other high-profile soul artists. Some of The Stax Museum’s most impressive artifacts include a genuine, century-old Mississippi Delta Church, the authentic Soul Train dance floor and Isaac Hayes refurbished Cadillac Eldorado. The museum also hosts a bounty of ever-changing exhibits dedicated to the history and legacy of soul music.
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E McLemore Ave
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his site is for the real “soul searchers” out there. Yes, that’s the second time the same pun has been used in one article. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is another must-see attraction for music fans and non-music fans alike. An exact replica of the former Stax Records recording studio, it resides at the very address where Stax Records once operated and boasts a gargantuan 17,000 square foot museum full of vintage musical instruments, mementos and exhibits. These exhibits concern the history of soul music and also emphasize the various influential artists who had, at one time or another, signed with Stax Records. Among the many exhibits are those dedicated to past and present Stax Records artists Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding and Albert King, among many others. Though the museum focuses on Stax Records artists, it also boasts a massive video footage collection of various non-Stax artists such as James Brown, Tina Turner, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder and other high-profile soul artists. Some of The Stax Museum’s most impressive artifacts include a genuine, century-old Mississippi Delta Church, the authentic Soul Train dance floor and Isaac Hayes refurbished Cadillac Eldorado. The museum also hosts a bounty of ever-changing exhibits dedicated to the history and legacy of soul music.
If you travel to Memphis, Tennessee then you must visit Graceland. Whether you are a fan of music or merely a sightseer, Elvis Presley’s impact upon the world is far reaching. He not only changed the face of music, but he also impacted American and global culture. This detail is impossible to ignore and there is no better way to show appreciation for or understand his legacy than by visiting Elvis Presley’s former home. Graceland is the second most visited house in America, only being beaten out by The White House. Now a gallery, the Graceland Mansion and grounds contain a number of museums dedicated to the King of Rock n’ Roll with informative tours and exhibits, as well as virtual iPad tours containing added footage and photos. Visitors can tour Elvis’ “Jungle Room,” view his car, jet and record collections and also pay homage to The King by visiting his grave. There are multiple tours and museums, and their rates vary in price and duration. However, most visitors agree that Graceland is one of, if not the most, important sites in all of Memphis, Tennessee. The site also offers dining services, various gift shops and is located directly across the street from the Elvis-themed “Heartbreak Hotel.”
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Graceland Mansion
3764 Elvis Presley Blvd
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If you travel to Memphis, Tennessee then you must visit Graceland. Whether you are a fan of music or merely a sightseer, Elvis Presley’s impact upon the world is far reaching. He not only changed the face of music, but he also impacted American and global culture. This detail is impossible to ignore and there is no better way to show appreciation for or understand his legacy than by visiting Elvis Presley’s former home. Graceland is the second most visited house in America, only being beaten out by The White House. Now a gallery, the Graceland Mansion and grounds contain a number of museums dedicated to the King of Rock n’ Roll with informative tours and exhibits, as well as virtual iPad tours containing added footage and photos. Visitors can tour Elvis’ “Jungle Room,” view his car, jet and record collections and also pay homage to The King by visiting his grave. There are multiple tours and museums, and their rates vary in price and duration. However, most visitors agree that Graceland is one of, if not the most, important sites in all of Memphis, Tennessee. The site also offers dining services, various gift shops and is located directly across the street from the Elvis-themed “Heartbreak Hotel.”
Ask anyone who has been to Memphis and they will tell you to visit Beale Street. Much like Bourbon Street in New Orleans or 6th Street in Austin, Beale Street is known as the penultimate experience for anyone looking to partake in Memphis’ vibrant and unique culture. This street is the place where Memphis Soul began and continues to this day. Its stages housed shows from soul masters B.B. King, Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters, among a plethora of others. It was so integral to the evolution of blues and soul music that in 1952 an act of Congress officially declared Beale Street as “Home of The Blues.” If you are looking for a relaxed shopping and dining experience, it is best to visit Beale Street during the day, because at night, it becomes a non-stop party. From souvenirs to high-end clothing to world-renowned barbeque, Beale Street offers a wide variety of shopping and dining opportunities. However, if you are looking for a nightlife experience that you won’t soon forget, head to Beale Street around sundown and you will find yourself in the midst of one of America’s most unique and exciting assortments of clubs, bars and live music shows.
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Beale Street
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Ask anyone who has been to Memphis and they will tell you to visit Beale Street. Much like Bourbon Street in New Orleans or 6th Street in Austin, Beale Street is known as the penultimate experience for anyone looking to partake in Memphis’ vibrant and unique culture. This street is the place where Memphis Soul began and continues to this day. Its stages housed shows from soul masters B.B. King, Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters, among a plethora of others. It was so integral to the evolution of blues and soul music that in 1952 an act of Congress officially declared Beale Street as “Home of The Blues.” If you are looking for a relaxed shopping and dining experience, it is best to visit Beale Street during the day, because at night, it becomes a non-stop party. From souvenirs to high-end clothing to world-renowned barbeque, Beale Street offers a wide variety of shopping and dining opportunities. However, if you are looking for a nightlife experience that you won’t soon forget, head to Beale Street around sundown and you will find yourself in the midst of one of America’s most unique and exciting assortments of clubs, bars and live music shows.
The Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum is a building dedicated to the history and legacy of Memphis musicians who pioneered and furthered the evolution of “the Memphis sound.” The museum was created through the combined efforts of The National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institute. Among its many displays, the museum hosts The Smithsonian’s “Rock n’ Roll: Social Crossroads” exhibit. The museum chronicles the evolution of rock and roll music as well as soul, beginning in the 1920’s and gradually moving into the current era of music. The museum also provides a collection of over 100 songs recorded in the greater Memphis area during the 1930’s and moving into the 1970’s. It also boasts an informative catalog of information containing over 300 minutes of material concerning the musicians, labels and pioneers who have operated in Memphis throughout its history. It is not the largest museum in Memphis and it is more directly oriented towards visitors who are interested in the history and evolution of Memphis music. However, it is very possibly the most informative museum in the city and visitors will leave with an enhanced understanding of music history and Memphis music’s effect upon American music and culture.
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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
191 Beale Street
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The Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum is a building dedicated to the history and legacy of Memphis musicians who pioneered and furthered the evolution of “the Memphis sound.” The museum was created through the combined efforts of The National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institute. Among its many displays, the museum hosts The Smithsonian’s “Rock n’ Roll: Social Crossroads” exhibit. The museum chronicles the evolution of rock and roll music as well as soul, beginning in the 1920’s and gradually moving into the current era of music. The museum also provides a collection of over 100 songs recorded in the greater Memphis area during the 1930’s and moving into the 1970’s. It also boasts an informative catalog of information containing over 300 minutes of material concerning the musicians, labels and pioneers who have operated in Memphis throughout its history. It is not the largest museum in Memphis and it is more directly oriented towards visitors who are interested in the history and evolution of Memphis music. However, it is very possibly the most informative museum in the city and visitors will leave with an enhanced understanding of music history and Memphis music’s effect upon American music and culture.
The Memphis Zoo is a family friendly attraction and houses a giant collection of animals. It has undergone over 70 million dollars worth of renovations since the early 1990’s and in 2008 it was even ranked the #1 zoo in America based on visitors’ votes on tripadvisor.com. Overall, the zoo has over 3,500 different animals, and though its animal collection is large, the zoo itself is relatively small. So, it is a pleasant walk for any visitor, whether they are a toddler or a senior citizen.
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Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Pl
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The Memphis Zoo is a family friendly attraction and houses a giant collection of animals. It has undergone over 70 million dollars worth of renovations since the early 1990’s and in 2008 it was even ranked the #1 zoo in America based on visitors’ votes on tripadvisor.com. Overall, the zoo has over 3,500 different animals, and though its animal collection is large, the zoo itself is relatively small. So, it is a pleasant walk for any visitor, whether they are a toddler or a senior citizen.
Jack and Marilyn Belz started the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art in the 1990’s when they decided to share much of their massive personal collection with the world. The couple had become enthralled with global art and started the museum to celebrate the legacy of worldwide works of art as well as Asian and Judaic culture. The museum features over 1,000 objects from various time periods and societies including China, Russia, Italy, Israel and many Judaic cultures from around the world. Its exhibits include sculptures, paintings, pottery, photographs and various other cultural artifacts from all around the globe. The Belz also recently introduced a Holocaust Memorial Gallery that provides personal testimonies, photographs and art associated with the Holocaust, as well as in-depth portraits of many survivors. According to the Belz, this gallery is not meant to memorialize the Holocaust as a general event, but rather to introduce visitors to the intimate and personal testimonies of those who suffered and survived its atrocities. The museum is located within walking distance of Beale Street and is also accessible by trolley from downtown Memphis. The entrance fee ranges from $4 for students, $5 for seniors and $6 for adults.
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Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art
119 South Main Street
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Jack and Marilyn Belz started the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art in the 1990’s when they decided to share much of their massive personal collection with the world. The couple had become enthralled with global art and started the museum to celebrate the legacy of worldwide works of art as well as Asian and Judaic culture. The museum features over 1,000 objects from various time periods and societies including China, Russia, Italy, Israel and many Judaic cultures from around the world. Its exhibits include sculptures, paintings, pottery, photographs and various other cultural artifacts from all around the globe. The Belz also recently introduced a Holocaust Memorial Gallery that provides personal testimonies, photographs and art associated with the Holocaust, as well as in-depth portraits of many survivors. According to the Belz, this gallery is not meant to memorialize the Holocaust as a general event, but rather to introduce visitors to the intimate and personal testimonies of those who suffered and survived its atrocities. The museum is located within walking distance of Beale Street and is also accessible by trolley from downtown Memphis. The entrance fee ranges from $4 for students, $5 for seniors and $6 for adults.
Mud Island is the perfect bookend to any trip to Memphis. It is a peaceful common that offers a relaxing experience where any visitor can take a load off and enjoy the serenity of the Mississippi River. Located on a Mississippi River peninsula, it houses a park, an amphitheater, museums and many restaurants. It is located 1.2 miles from downtown Memphis and is also accessible by many methods including monorail, ferry, by car and by walking. The River Park is free to all visitors and contains a scale reproduction of the city of Memphis as well as a replica of the Mississippi River that empties into a model of the Gulf of Mexico. The park also offers bike and hiking trails as well as pedal boats and rafts for rent. The Mississippi River Museum is dedicated to the history of the Mississippi River and contains a replica of the steamboats that once graced the river’s waters. However, there is a $7 to $10 fee to enter the museum, depending on the visitors’ age. The 5,000-seat amphitheater is used primarily as a host venue for summer concert series and festivals, so if you’re looking for a serene experience, odds are that it will be quiet unless a festival is in progress.
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Mud Island
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Mud Island is the perfect bookend to any trip to Memphis. It is a peaceful common that offers a relaxing experience where any visitor can take a load off and enjoy the serenity of the Mississippi River. Located on a Mississippi River peninsula, it houses a park, an amphitheater, museums and many restaurants. It is located 1.2 miles from downtown Memphis and is also accessible by many methods including monorail, ferry, by car and by walking. The River Park is free to all visitors and contains a scale reproduction of the city of Memphis as well as a replica of the Mississippi River that empties into a model of the Gulf of Mexico. The park also offers bike and hiking trails as well as pedal boats and rafts for rent. The Mississippi River Museum is dedicated to the history of the Mississippi River and contains a replica of the steamboats that once graced the river’s waters. However, there is a $7 to $10 fee to enter the museum, depending on the visitors’ age. The 5,000-seat amphitheater is used primarily as a host venue for summer concert series and festivals, so if you’re looking for a serene experience, odds are that it will be quiet unless a festival is in progress.
Food scene
From the outside, this close-to-downtown barbecue joint could be confused with a laundromat or an old grocery store. Inside, the neat-as-a-pin eatery offers up a mass of smoked meats, including barbecue pork butt, ribs, Cornish hen, chicken wings and beef summer sausages. You can also delve into a Memphis specialty, barbecue spaghetti, as a small side or a bulk package to take home and share.
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Cozy Corner Restaurant
735 North Parkway
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From the outside, this close-to-downtown barbecue joint could be confused with a laundromat or an old grocery store. Inside, the neat-as-a-pin eatery offers up a mass of smoked meats, including barbecue pork butt, ribs, Cornish hen, chicken wings and beef summer sausages. You can also delve into a Memphis specialty, barbecue spaghetti, as a small side or a bulk package to take home and share.
The original yellow cottage along Poplar became so popular that two other locations were added for this longtime Memphis breakfast joint, where pancake stacks come fluffy and the biscuits are soft. The Huevos Rancheros are a standout in a newspaper-style menu that includes omelets, oatmeal and anything your breakfast-loving heart could ever want.
Blue Plate Cafe
113 Court Avenue
The original yellow cottage along Poplar became so popular that two other locations were added for this longtime Memphis breakfast joint, where pancake stacks come fluffy and the biscuits are soft. The Huevos Rancheros are a standout in a newspaper-style menu that includes omelets, oatmeal and anything your breakfast-loving heart could ever want.
Though it’s billed as the oldest restaurant in Memphis, this oversize diner is refreshingly contemporary, with an updated décor that incorporates the great age of road-food culture and today’s nostalgic charm. This is the place to dine like Elvis on a peanut butter and banana sandwich, grab a milkshake, start the day with a breakfast of sweet potato pancakes and deep-fried French toast, or lunch on daily plate lunches like meatloaf. Ask for the Elvis booth.
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The Arcade Restaurant
540 South Main Street
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Though it’s billed as the oldest restaurant in Memphis, this oversize diner is refreshingly contemporary, with an updated décor that incorporates the great age of road-food culture and today’s nostalgic charm. This is the place to dine like Elvis on a peanut butter and banana sandwich, grab a milkshake, start the day with a breakfast of sweet potato pancakes and deep-fried French toast, or lunch on daily plate lunches like meatloaf. Ask for the Elvis booth.
A local hotspot which draws loyal University of Memphis alumni long after they’ve graduated, this old-school pizza joint delivers on hand-tossed pies served with a variety of toppings. Step back into the 1980s (or earlier) and experience a place where you can still bust a score on Ms. Pac-Man, share slices of good pie on paper plates and sing along to Purple Rain with everyone else in the restaurant.
Garibaldi's Pizza
3530 Walker Avenue
A local hotspot which draws loyal University of Memphis alumni long after they’ve graduated, this old-school pizza joint delivers on hand-tossed pies served with a variety of toppings. Step back into the 1980s (or earlier) and experience a place where you can still bust a score on Ms. Pac-Man, share slices of good pie on paper plates and sing along to Purple Rain with everyone else in the restaurant.
Since 1968, this friendly local doughnut shop has offered its raised and cake pastries to a never-ending stream of customers. Of note: blueberry fills with both blueberry coulis and whipped cream — a local favorite. Best of all, Gibson’s is open 24 hours a day. Booths and tables are limited, so get yours to go.
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Gibson's Donuts
760 Mount Moriah Road
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Since 1968, this friendly local doughnut shop has offered its raised and cake pastries to a never-ending stream of customers. Of note: blueberry fills with both blueberry coulis and whipped cream — a local favorite. Best of all, Gibson’s is open 24 hours a day. Booths and tables are limited, so get yours to go.
When it comes to Memphis barbecue wars, Central almost always ranks in the top three or four. Its magnificent dry-rubbed pork ribs are impossibly succulent, and the popular barbecue nachos (served with pork or chicken, cheese and jalapenos) are an excellent dish to share; the hot chicken wings are also a perennial favorite. The original location offers an oversized outdoor patio as well as an ample dining room.
Central BBQ
When it comes to Memphis barbecue wars, Central almost always ranks in the top three or four. Its magnificent dry-rubbed pork ribs are impossibly succulent, and the popular barbecue nachos (served with pork or chicken, cheese and jalapenos) are an excellent dish to share; the hot chicken wings are also a perennial favorite. The original location offers an oversized outdoor patio as well as an ample dining room.
If you go to Gus’s for anything but fried chicken, you’ll likely soon change your mind. Napoleon “Na” Vanderbilt’s fried chicken was well-known to the citizens of Mason, Tennessee: With local support, Na constructed and opened the first restaurant, Maggie’s Short Orders, in 1973. Na’s son, Vernon “Gus” Bonner, inherited the recipe and the restaurant. Family friend and Memphian Wendy McCrory brought the restaurant’s distinctive flavors to Memphis in 2001. Get your chicken with beans and greens and other things, but expect a line, especially when nearby Beale Street is hoppin
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Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
310 South Front Street
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If you go to Gus’s for anything but fried chicken, you’ll likely soon change your mind. Napoleon “Na” Vanderbilt’s fried chicken was well-known to the citizens of Mason, Tennessee: With local support, Na constructed and opened the first restaurant, Maggie’s Short Orders, in 1973. Na’s son, Vernon “Gus” Bonner, inherited the recipe and the restaurant. Family friend and Memphian Wendy McCrory brought the restaurant’s distinctive flavors to Memphis in 2001. Get your chicken with beans and greens and other things, but expect a line, especially when nearby Beale Street is hoppin
Sweet and tangy barbecue sauce and an extraordinarily pungent sweet and sour yellow coleslaw differentiate the cheap, comforting sandwiches and plates you’ll get at this old cinderblock stop along Lamar Avenue. Smoked sausages and chopped and pulled pork star on the simple menu, though the best secret may be the sloppy smoked-barbecue sandwiches, served on white bread with a smile and a cheery greeting at the counter.
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Payne's Bar-B-Que
1762 Lamar Ave
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Sweet and tangy barbecue sauce and an extraordinarily pungent sweet and sour yellow coleslaw differentiate the cheap, comforting sandwiches and plates you’ll get at this old cinderblock stop along Lamar Avenue. Smoked sausages and chopped and pulled pork star on the simple menu, though the best secret may be the sloppy smoked-barbecue sandwiches, served on white bread with a smile and a cheery greeting at the counter.

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“The Beatles changed rock-and-roll.”

This is an Elvis town, and will be till the river rises. (More on that later.) At the close of the twentieth century, one list of “most influential” artists after another included the Fab Four, often at the expense of the King of Rock-and-Roll. This despite John Lennon himself saying (as legend has it), “Before Elvis, there was nothing.” Believe it or not, there was a Memphis before Elvis. But a billion records — and two statues — later, the kid from Humes High School is the face of this town. Liverpool can have the Beatles.
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Beale Street Historic District

This district is about two miles long and is historic for its impact on the blues. Many blues musicians—and those from the late 19th century—called Beale Street their home. Later, during the 1920s—1940s, monumental bluesmen such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Louis Armstrong all played on Beale Street. Now, the area hosts bars, restaurants, and shops dedicated to preserving the district’s history. You can take a walking tour of the area, and while there, make sure to take a picture with the Elvis statue.