Many groups choose to add Memphis as a stop on the American Civil Rights Tour.
The crown jewel of Civil Rights attractions is the National Civil Rights Museum & Lorraine Motel. This museum was built around the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. The museum exhibits provide a full history of the African American Civil Rights movement from the 17th century through the assassination of Dr. King.
Across the street from the Lorraine is the Young and Morrow Museum. This is the building where Dr. King's assassin fired those fatal shots. The museum has exhibits related to the assassination and investigation that followed.
An additional Memphis stop on the American Civil Rights Tour is Slave Haven Burkle Estate. It is the former home of Jacob Burkle, who was a conductor on the “Underground Railroad”. The old estate contains a cellar and a series of tunnels where slaves would hide for days, and sometimes weeks, to make their great escape to the north. The home contains artifacts and memorabilia designed to give visitors a sense of the daily life of a slave.
American Civil Rights Attractions and Educational Resources
While in Memphis, many groups will also take time to see some of the city's music history highlights including Graceland, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio, Rock-N-Soul Museum, Gibson Guitar Factory, W.C. Handy Home & Museum, and Beale Street.
Memphis Attractions and Educational Resources
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