Memphis is a city that has much more to offer than meets the eye. If you want to make the
most of your time here, take this 2-hour African American history tour. We will be your
“conductor” and take you on a journey through Memphis that will be sure to open your eyes to
some of the most historical times from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.
Let’s embark on a journey that will highlight the heart and soul of Memphis, TN ! This city is to
be experienced, not just visited.
You may be able to get to certain sites by use of a map or GPS. Leave the driving to us! We will
share the stories of this city by connecting the dots from site to site.
Our tour begins where the city of Memphis began, down by the river. This is where many of
the activities will take place as we celebrate Memphis’ 200th birthday in 2019. It is also where
thousands come to enjoy one of our biggest yearly events, Memphis in May.
Once we leave Downtown, we will drive through an area known as Uptown where sites such as
Auction Square and Slave Haven an Underground Railroad museum are located.
There will be an opportunity to drive through Memphis’ first neighborhood and commercial
district known as the Pinch District where you will find the one and only Alcenia’s, a soul food
restaurant featured on the Food Channel Network. It is also the home to world-renown St.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
We’ll explore parts of the neighborhood called South Memphis. This is where African
Americans chose to settle during and after the Civil War. It is in the neighborhood where the
Lorraine Motel is located, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is now
part of the National Civil Rights Museum.
Also in this neighborhood is Clayborn Temple, recently unveiled “I Am A Man Plaza” and
Historic Mason Temple where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gave his last speech.
You can’t talk about the soul of Memphis without going through Soulsville USA, home of the
Stax Museum of American Soul Music. It is also the home of the 4 Way Grill, an African
American restaurant, where kings and queens have been served since the 1940’s.
Love music? Heading into the neighborhood known as The Edge is Sun Studios, known as the
Birthplace of Rock ’N’ Roll. Where else could you find the African American-owned, Shab Chic
Marketplace, a pop-up shop for entrepreneurs?
So join us! Get an overview of this city and then return to the places you have an interest and
enjoy them at your leisure. You may find you have to stay longer or come back again!