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FACTS ABOUT MEMPHIS
Memphis is a city in the southwest corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. Memphis has an estimated population of 676,640, making it the largest city in the state of Tennessee.
Memphis was founded in 1819 by John Overton, James Winchester and Andrew Jackson. The city was named after the ancient capital of Egypt on the Nile River. Memphis developed as a transportation center in the 19th century because of its flood-free location, high above the Mississippi River. As the cotton economy of the antebellum South depended on the forced labor of large numbers of African-American slaves, Memphis became a major slave market. In 1857, the Memphis and Charleston Railroad was completed, the only East-West railroad across the southern states prior to the Civil War.
Carnival Memphis, formerly known as the Memphis Cotton Carnival, is an annual series of parties and festivities in the month of June that salutes various aspects of Memphis and its industries. An annual King and Queen of Carnival are secretly selected to reign over Carnival activities. The African-American community staged a parallel event known as the Cotton Makers Jubilee from 1935 to 1982, when it merged with Carnival Memphis.
An arts festival, the Cooper-Young Festival, is held annually in September in the Cooper-Young district of Midtown Memphis. The event draws artists from all over North America, and includes art sales, contests, and displays.
Memphis is also home to two film festivals, the Memphis International Film and Music Festival and the Indie Memphis Film Festival. The Memphis International Film and Music Festival is held in April and is in its 11th year, whereas the Indie Memphis Film Festival is in its 13th year and held in October. Both festivals feature a variety of films, including animations, documentaries, student films, and short films.
Beale Street: Blues fans can visit Beale Street, which used to be the center of the Black community, where a young B. B. King used to play his guitar. He occasionally appears there at the club bearing his name, which he partially owns. Street performers play live music, and bars and clubs feature live entertainment until dawn. In 2008, Beale Street was the most visited tourist attraction in the state of Tennessee.
Memphis is the home of founders and establishers of various American music genres, including Blues, Gospel, Rock n' Roll, Buck, Crunk, and "sharecropper" country music (in contrast to the "rhinestone" country sound of Nashville). Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes and B. B. King all got their start in Memphis in the 1950s.
Memphis has a humid subtropical climate, with four distinct seasons. Winter weather comes from the upper Great Plains or from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to drastic swings. Summer weather may come from Texas (very hot and dry) or the Gulf (hot and humid).
WQOX 88.5 FM Memphis, TN Urban Contemporary
WMSB 88.9 FM Byhalia, MS Religious
WEVL 89.9 FM Memphis, TN Variety
WUMR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN University of Memphis Jazz
WKQK 94.1 FM Germantown, TN Classic Hits
WKVF 94.9 FM Bartlett, TN Christian Contemporary
WHAL 95.7 FM Horn Lake, MS Gospel Music
WIVG 96.1 FM Tunica, MS Top-40
W244BY (KJMS) 96.7 FM Memphis, TN Urban Contemporary
WHRK 97.1 FM Memphis, TN Hip Hop
KJMS 101.1 FM Olive Branch, MS Urban Contemporary
KWNW (CP) 101.9 FM Crawfordsville, AR Top-40
KTRQ 102.3 FM Colt, AR Oldies
KXHT 107.1 FM Marion, AR Hip Hop
WHBQ 107.5 FM Germantown, TN Top-40
WHBQ 560 AM Memphis, TN Sports
WREC 600 AM Memphis, TN News/Talk
KOSE 860 AM Wilson, AR Gospel Music
WDIA 1070 AM Memphis, TN Urban Contemporary
WKRA 1110 AM Holly Springs, MS Gospel Music
WPLX 1180 AM Germantown, TN Blues
A Touch of History
European immigrants arrived in larger numbers in the early 1800s, when Tennessee was admitted to the Union. Slavery came with it to drive the local cotton plantations. Memphis’ early economic infrastructure.
Bountiful Blessings - P.O. Box 1, Memphis, TN 1 800 544-3571 - (visit website)
Centenary United Methodist Church - 583 East McLemore, Memphis, TN (901) 774-7604 - (visit website)
Church of God and Christ - 930 Mason St, Memphis, TN (901) 947-9300
Clayborn Temple AME Church - 294 Hernando St, Memphis, TN 38126-1906 (901) 527-7283
Collins Chapel CME Church - 678 Washington Ave. (901) 525-2872
East Trigg Ave Baptist Church - 1315 S Bellevue Blvd, Memphis, TN (901) 942-2763
First Baptist Beale Street Church - 379 Beale St, Memphis, TN (901) 527-3432
Full Gospel Tabernacle Church - 787 Hale Rd, Memphis, TN (901) 396-9192
Greater Imani Church and Christian Center - 3034 Austin Peay, Memphis, TN (901) 274-6711
Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church - 70 North Bellevue Blvd, Memphis, TN (901) 729-6222 -(visit website)
Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church - 2634 Carnes Ave, Memphis, TN (901) 324-6771
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church - Westwood - 620 Parkrose Ave, Memphis, TN (901) 785-1612 - (visit website)
New Salem Missionary Baptist Church - 2231 South Parkway East, Memphis, TN (901) 452-7265 -(visit website)
Second Congregational Church - 764 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN (901) 946-9493
Aji Sports Bar & Grill - Aji Sports bar and grill is Memphis, TN newest hang out spot.Open all days even holidays. We are going to be 24 hours shortly - 3896 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN. (901) 888-6700 -(visit website)
B.B. King Blues Club - Enjoy B.B. King's favorite dishes as you listen to the best of Memphis music! - 143 Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 524-5464 - (visit website)
Blues City Cafe - Dance the night away, dining available. - 138 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 526-3637 - (visit website)
Ground Zero Blues Club - Morgan Freeman Associated - 158 Lt. George W Lee St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 522-0130 - (visit website)
Ice Bar And Grill - Dinner, Drinks, Entertainment- 4202 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, TN. (901) 757-1423 - (visit website)
King's Palace Cafe - If you want some jazz, drop in to King's Palace Cafe. - 162 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 521-1851
Marmalade’s Restaurant & Lounge - Soul Food offered with your jazz and blues, R&B music! - 153 Calhoun Street, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 522-8800
Precious Cargo - Hip-Hop, Reggae and jazz music- 381 North Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 578-8446
Wild Bill's - Crowd of older folks and by older, I mean 60+ dressed to the nines. - 1580 Vollintine Ave, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 726-5473
1.Hattieloo Black Repertory Theatre - BOX OFFICE: Thu-Sun before showtimes; tickets range from $10-$18 656 Marshall Ave, Memphis Tennessee (901) 276-9555 - (visit website)
Seven major productions and six special performances that highlight the diversity of Black artistic expression, including music, magic, and dance.
2.Blues Music Awards - - (visit website) -Held at The Cook Convention Center in the month of May. Memphis, Tennessee.
3.International Blues Challenge - January - (visit website)
International Blues Challenge will feature Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition.
4.Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration- The Southern Heritage Classic Cultural Celebration keeps the spirit of competition alive between long-time athletic rivals Tennessee State University and Jackson State University. Thousands of fans come out to support their favorite college football team and advance higher education. Fans celebrate with tailgate parties, a celebrity golf tournament, music, fall fashions and more.
Date:September 7-9, 2017
Address: 4466 Elvis Presley Blvd, Suite 248, Memphis, TN 38116 - Phone:901-398-6655
5.BWABC Literacy Festival-Sep 2017 -Devoted to the avid bookworms of Memphis, Tennessee, the Black Writers And Book Clubs Literacy Festival is a weekend-long event connecting local and national authors with readers. Renowned authors perform readings, and guests are invited to attend lecture series, attend book club panel discussions and participate in games, all for the sake of promoting literacy.
Location: Memphis Cook Convention Center|74 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN
6.Memphis Music & Heritage Festival-Sep 2017-The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival celebrates the musical, artistic and cultural legacy of the Memphis area. The city's Center for Southern Folklore presents eclectic performances, workshops and vendors. Multiple stages host musicians, dancers, poets, artists, speakers and more, and live music spans a variety of genres and includes artists from the local area and beyond.
Location:119 S. Main St. Memphis, TN
Phone: 901 - 525 - 3655
7.International Blues Challenge-The International Blues Challenge is a world-class music showcase that takes place annually in Memphis. Several locations in the Beale Street Historic District turn into music venues as talented bands, solo acts and duos show off their chops. The event was created to spotlight up-and-coming talent and help them advance their musical careers and also features youth showcases, workshops and silent auctions.
The Blues Foundation
Dates: Jan 31 - Feb 4, 2017
Location:421 South Main-Memphis, TN 38103-4464
8.Africa in April-Africa in April is a cultural awareness festival that takes place every year in Memphis. The family-friendly spring celebration showcases the music, traditions and arts and crafts of the African Diaspora. Each year, the festival focuses on a different country in Africa and offers themed activities, live music, native cuisine and authentic goods.
Dates: Check back with Live Verse Media for dates.
Address:P.O. Box 111261,Memphis TN 38111
9. Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival-The Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival commemorates freedom with musical performances, shopping and community celebration. The festival invites people of all backgrounds to learn about Juneteenth and to celebrate the historical progress that this holiday represents. Guests enjoy great performances, vendors, family and fellowship as they remember an important time in America's history.
Dates:Check back with Live Verse Media for dates.
Location:Beale Street at Robert R. Church Park|238 South 4th Street Memphis, TN
Memphis Cultural Sites
W.C. Handy Monument & Museum
Accurately considered the “Commerical” Father of the Blues, William Christopher Handy (1873-1958) was born in Florence, Alabama. He spent many productive years in St. Louis and settled in Memphis. Handy is memorialized by this statue in a small park and another statue in Florence, Alabama.how fitting that this popular corner hosts impromptu Blues and Jazz sessions and music festivals; the museum of his small wooden house and artifacts is in the same block.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily
ADDRESS: 352 Beale Street, Memphis, TN MAP
PARKING: Peabody Place garage
Ramesses The Great Statue
Located in front of the Pyramid Arena, stands an intriguing stone replica of the King Ramesses II statue. The statue was a gift from its sister city in Egypt and stands as a noble sentry on Front Street.
ADDRESS: Front Street at Overton Avenue, Memphis, TX MAP
Hattieloo Black Repertory Theatre
Memphis Black Repertory Theatre group founded by Ekundayo Bandele, performs engaging plays that range from A Raisin In The Sun to Macbeth to Todog/Underdog during their October-May season. Performances are held in the 70-seat, 3,200-square-foot Hattiloo Theater. The lobby of Hattiloo is called Zora’s Lounge in honor of author Zora Neale Hurston. The theatre also features a drama training academy in the Summer.
BOX OFFICE: Thu-Sun before showtimes; tickets range from $10-$18
ADDRESS: 656 Marshall Avenue, Memphis, TN MAP
Bantaba Dance Company
Founded in 2004, this dance group presents positive education through West African dance, drumming, story and song. They offer breath-taking performances, great classes, enriching lectures, and demonstrations for all ages and races. The Afrobics Class has all of the essential workout elements of Aerobics and African dance mixed into one fun workout for beginners or dancers looking for an alternative workout.
BOX OFFICE: Varies by each venue in Memphis
ADDRESS: 2157 York Avenue, Memphis, TN MAP
National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum is a complex of museums and historic buildings in Memphis, Tennessee; its exhibits trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present.
Address: 450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103
Hours: Closed today
Phone: (901) 521-9699
The National Civil Rights Museum is a complex of museums and historic buildings in Memphis, Tennessee; its exhibits trace the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present. The museum is built around the formerLorraine Motel, where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Two other buildings and their adjacent property, also connected with the King assassination, have been acquired as part of the museum complex.
The museum re-opened in 2014 after renovations that increased the number of multi-media and interactive exhibits, including numerous short movies to enhance features. The museum is owned and operated by the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation, based in Memphis. The Lorraine Motel is owned by the Tennessee State Museum and leased long term to the Foundation to operate as part of the museum complex.
AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
Center for Southern Folklore - - Dedicated to documenting and presenting the people, music and traditions of the region - 119 S Main St, Memphis, Tennessee - (visit website)
Memphis Black Repertory Theatre - 2090 Overton Sq, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 276-9555
Memphis Rock-n-Soul Museum - The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum is the only Memphis TN museum which tells the complete story of Memphis music history, as researched by the Smithsonian Institution. - 191 Beale St Ste 100, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 205-2533 - (visit website)
National Civil Rights Museum - Cultural information, African American history - 450 Mulberry, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 521-9699 - (visit website)
Stax Museum of American Soul Music - American soul music roots and cultural heritage is promoted and preserved in at the Stax Museum. - 926 E McLemore Ave, Memphis, Tennessee (901) 946-2535
European immigrans arrived in larger numbers in the early 1800s, when Tennessee was admitted to the Union. They introduced slavery to power local cotton plantations. Memphis’ early economic infrastructure was based on its proximity to the Mississippi River and being largest city close to the Cotton Belt. Those traits allowed Memphis to become the leading cotton exporter.
The prospering City of Memphis, founded in 1819 by Andrew Jackson and two other Anglo-Americans, incorporated in 1826. Jackson later became president. The city’s name comes from the ancient city of Memphis, Egypt, which sits on the banks of a great Nile River.
Free people of color worked as servants and dock laborers. Many enjoyed full citizenship rights, until the government stripped their voting rights in 1834. Even the rights of free African Americans were threatened when the ban on the slave trade was repealed in 1840. Lack of proper ID and an unlucky encounter sometimes landed free persons of color into slavery. After this repeal, the city became a major hub for human cargo. How ironic that Memphis, named after a great African city, should become a hub for the slavery of Africans.
By 1857, Memphis and Charleston Railroad completed, linking the Mississippi River and the Atlantic Ocean. Plantation holders, railroad and Memphis export/import businessmen were making more money than ever. But life for free African Americans was very tough. Newly arrived, less qualified German, Irish, and Italian immigrants moved African Americans further down the job market food chain using a phalanx of newly legislated Black Codes. When the Civil War came in 1861, Tennessee sided with the Confederacy and a Confederate Army base was established in Memphis. That Confederate Camp was established on Beale Street.
The Union Navy defeated Confederate forces along the Mississippi River in a two-hour Battle of Memphis in 6 June 1862. For African Americans, life improved overnight as Union troops occupied the city for the duration of the war, liberated slaves and restored human rights. By Memphis falling so quickly, Union forces spared Memphis from the burning and looting endured by Vicksburg, Atlanta and Columbia after their hard fought campaigns. In 1865 the Memphis Freedman’s Bureau was established to assist the transition from slavery to freedom. In 1869 First Baptist Church was built on Beale Street. The Grand Lodge, an order of African American Masons, was established here in 1870. Then the bottom dropped out.
In 1878, a yellow fever epidemic claimed 5,000 lives and caused most European-Americans to exit. African-Americans, less susceptible to the disease, stayed. Robert Church Sr., acquiring Memphis land at bargain prices, would soon become the nation’s first black millionaire. Nevertheless, so many people exited by 1879, that Memphis declared bankruptcy and became a ward of the state. When the yellow fever scare subsided years later, European Americans returned. Racism reared its ugly head again. In 1892, Ida B. Wells reported against lynching and the conditions of public schools in her newspaper. Shortly afterwards, she lost her teaching job and the Klu Klux Klan burned her office down, droving Wells out of Memphis. Despite that setback, Robert Church Sr. and other Black Memphians, helped the city regain its charter in 1893.
African Americans persevered to create a thriving community, Beale Street, in the late 1890s. While most southern African-Americans would never consider voting for fear of retribution, in Memphis they registered to vote in large numbers as early as the 1920s. Race relations were helped in 1925, when Tom Lee, a black man who could not swim, risked his life in a small boat to rescue 32 European Americans on the M.E. Norman ship that sank in the Mississippi River. During this time, Memphis was on par with New Orleans, Atlanta, Durham and Richmond as a center for black commerce in the South. There were middle-income black communities in North Memphis, South Memphis, Orange Mound and Frayser districts.
Growing in city infrastructure and status again, in 1929, the Municipal Airport was completed. In 1931, Memphis’ first Cotton Carnival was celebrated. The city received an economic boost in 1934, when citizens opted to join the Tennessee Valley Authority electric system. The first community library for African-Americans opened in the same year. World War II efforts boosted the economy and population. In 1943, the Army Depot and Mallory Air Force Depot were built. By 1950, city population reached nearly 300,000. During the 1950s, Memphis was named the country’s quietest, cleanest, and safest city on several occasions under the big boss politics of E.H. Crump, its mayor of 45 years. By 1960, Memphis population reached 497,524. By 1963, Memphis had as many African-American registered voters as Anglo-American registered voters.
Memphis had fewer of the worst aspects of southern racism compared to neighboring Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Yet, one epic incident would scar city history. On 4 April 1968, King was assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel. A couple months later James Earl Ray was captured in the United Kingdom and later convicted of the assassination.
As school busing and fair housing took hold in the early 1970s, Memphis, like other cities was severely hurt by White Flight. This process weakened the tax base and school system. Yet, African-Americans from the Deep South continued migrating to Memphis for job opportunities. Despite being a large percentage of the population, they could not obtain significant political power until 1974, when they elected Harold Ford, Sr. to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was the first African-American from Tennessee to be elected to a national office.
In 1991, Memphis elected its first African-American mayor, Dr. W.W. Herenton. He successfully stewarded nearly $2 billion of public and private investment to the renaissance of downtown and several nearby communities. Memphis of today has public schools that are improving and a solid economy. As the super-sized Welcome Center and Beale Street crowds attest, Memphis has become an exciting tourist destination as well.
Memphis Historic Sites
Site of the first food market in Memphis. Since slave trade was a large common practice in Memphis, many believe the granite marker in the square was used for slave auctioning.
ADDRESS: Auction Street at Main Street, Memphis, TN MAP
Burkle Estate, Slavehaven
A white painted no frills, wooden house built in 1849 served as one of Memphis’ most important stations on the Underground Railroad. By appointment, you can tour the cellar where people hid on the way to freedom.
ADDRESS: 826 North Second Street, Memphis, TN MAP
Tom Lee Memorial
In 1925, Tom Lee, an African-American who could not swim, risked his life in a small boat to rescue 32 Anglo-Americans from a sinking steamship 25 miles south of here. In gratitude, this monument and scenic riverside park were named in his honor. It is a frequent gathering place for picnics and kite flying.
ADDRESS: Riverside Drive south of Beale Street, Memphis, TN MAP
WDIA Radio Station
In 1948 WDIA 1070 AM became America’s first white-owned radio station reformatted to appeal to African Americans musical interests — with Blues, R&B, Rock & Roll, Soul Music. It helped popularize the recordings of Rufus Thomas, B.B. King, Ike & Tina Turner, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Bobby Blues Bland and many others. Unexpectedly, the station also became popular to Anglo-American youths, triggering the realization (and concern in some quarters) that “Race Music” had wide spread cross-over appeal.
ADDRESS: 47 Union Street, Memphis, TN MAP
Universal Life Insurance Company
Founded in 1923 by Dr Joseph E. Walker. African-American architects, McKissack & McKissack designed the Egyptian Revival-style building. It is one of the nation’s largest black-owned insurance companies.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p; Tour by appointment only
ADDRESS: 480 Linden Avenue, Memphis, TN MAP
Joseph E. Walker Residence
Dr. Joseph E. Walker (1880-1958), co-founder of Universal Life Insurance, co-founder of Tri-State Bank and co-founder of Memphis Urban League branch, lived in the this ordinary house. He served as president of all those entities. No visitors.
ADDRESS: 1109 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis, TN MAP
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.
ADDRESS: 533 Beale Street, Memphis, TN MAP
W.C. Handy Home
This tiny two room home has William C. Handy’s artifacts on display. Imagine him writing famous tunes here while his wife helped raise 6 kids. No wonder he penned Memphis Blues, the first recorded composition of the Blues.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily, hours vary
ADDRESS: 352 Beale Street, Memphis, TN MAP
Ida B. Wells Marker
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 before it was burned to the ground. Though she had to flee Memphis, her written achievements have far outlived her oppressors.
ADDRESS: 300 block of Beale Street, Memphis, TN MAP
Old Daisy Theatre
A prime performing venue in the Chitlin’ Circuit from the 1930s-60s. Until recently, it served as the Beale Street Blues Museum.
ADDRESS: 329 Beale Street, Memphis, TN MAP
Tri-State Bank of Memphis
Organized in 1946 by A Maceo Walker and John A Walker. The bank’s original building was located at 386 Beale Street, where much of Black Memphis business and civil rights planning occurred.
ADDRESS: 180 South Main Street, Memphis, TN MAP
WLOK Radio Station
In 1977, this radio station became the first Memphis radio station owned by African-Americans. Now its A Gospel radio station and a favorite among visiting DJs.
ADDRESS: 363 South Second Street, Memphis, TN MAP
This National Historic Landmark is where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated on 4 April 1968. His second floor balcony room remains in a permanently restored state from the day he passed. Fortunately, the site was saved from the wrecking ball in 1982 by a group of citizens who got a different ball rolling; they established a foundation to raise funds for the property. Eventually, the labor union which benefited from Dr King’s last march, a Black bank, and a local merchant next door added funds to purchase this landmark property for $144,000. The foundation convinced the City of Memphis, Shelby County, state agencies and corporations to provide more funds to build a civil rights center that educates visitors about the past, present and future of the American Civil Rights Movement while preserving the hotel. Enter via the National Civil Rights Museum.
ADDRESS: 450 Mulberry Street, Memphis, TN MAP
Tri-State Defender Newspaper
Founded 1905 as part of the Sengstacke Newspaper chain based in Chicago. There is no better way to get straight talk about black life in Memphis. Located just around the corner from the Lorraine Hotel, they were the first journalists on the scene when Dr King was assassinated and thus, may have the best written accounts of what happened on that fateful day in April 1968. There is no better source to get straight talk about Black Memphis today.
ADDRESS: 124 East Calhoun Avenue, Memphis, TN MAP
Aside from doing the “good work”, each March, the NAACP Memphis branch sponsors a major gala in the city.
ADDRESS: 588 Vance Avenue, Memphis, TN
Hayes & Sons Funeral Home
Founded 1902, by Thomas H. Hayes Sr., it is Memphis’ oldest black-owned business. The company moved to this Lauderdale District location in 1918. Hayes was active in the National Negro Business League founded by Booker T. Washington. In 1933, he co-founded Union Protective Life Insurance Company. His son Thomas, Jr. owned the Birmingham Black Barons, of which baseball legend Willie Mays was a member.
ADDRESS: 680 South Lauderdale Street, Memphis, TN MAP
The oldest and one of the largest cemeteries historically serving African-Americans in Memphis.
ADDRESS: South Parkway East at Pillow Streets, Memphis, TN MAP
Alex Haley House and Museum
Alex Haley, author of Roots and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, descended from Kunte Kinte and Chicken George. Lots of family memorabilia to be seen here. It is located 55 miles from Memphis.
DAYS &HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p; Sun 1p-5p
ADMISSION: Small fee
ADDRESS: 200 Church Street, Henning, TN MAP
Memphis Family Attractions
Founded in 1906, this award-winning zoo is home to 4,000 animals representing over 500 different species, this enlightened zoo has invested over $80 million since the 1990s to preserve wildlife and expand horticulture through education, conservation, research and more animal-friendly exhibits. The zoo partitions into the African Veldt, Denizens of the Deep South, Northwest Passage, Waterfowl, and Butterflies. East Zone contains Cat Country, Bonobos, Animals of the Night, China, Hippos, Once Upon A Farm and Primate Canyon. West Zone contains the Aquarium, Herpetarium, Komodo Dragons, Penguin Rock, Round Barn, Swans and Tropical Bird House. Teton Trek is its newest zoo habitat.
ADMISSION: Similar to other top zoos nationwide
DAYS & HOURS: Mar-Oct: 9a-6p, Nov-Feb: 9a-5p; last entry is 1 hour before closing.
ADDRESS: 2000 Prentiss Place in Overton Park, Memphis, TN MAP
PARKING: On premises
Mud Island River Park
Take a scenic, suspended Monorail ride to the Mississippi River Museum. When riding monorail, note that the magnificent views of the Mississippi River you see today was created by a great earthquake in the early 1800s. Upon arrival, take in 18 fascinating galleries dedicated to the river’s history and culture and the inspiring Mississippi River Walk. It also features a 5000-seat amphitheater, restaurants and gift shop. In Mississippi River Museum, remember to check out the Memphis Belle Pavilion which hosts the most famous airplane of World War II. One Price Package includes: Mississippi River Museum Admission, Roundtrip Monorail Ride, and Guided River Walk Tour. You can also rent a pedalboat, bike, canoe or kayak.
ADMISSION: See website for pricing matrix
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun Summer 10a-6p, Spring & Fall 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 125 North Front Street, Memphis, TN MAP
PARKING: At the Tram entry on Front Street
PHONE: 901-576-7241 or 800-507-6507
Home of the NBA Memphis Grizzlies basketball team since 2004, who played their first three seasons in the Memphis Pyramid; seats 18,165 and 75 luxury suites all with excellent steeply raked sightlines and a large number of concession stands and restrooms; also popular for concerts and family entertaiment like the circus.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10a-5:30p, and Sat on event days
DAYS & HOURS: Grizzlies game or event dependent.
ADDRESS: 191 Beale Street, Memphis, TN MAP
PARKING: Paid garages and lots nearby
Autozone Baseball Park
A sweet baseball stadium downtown hosting the city’s minor league baseball team, the Memphis Redbirds (the farm club of the St. Louis Cardinals. The stadium is limited to 12,000 intimate seats, 1,500 club seats, 44 luxury suites, and a children’s playground beyond the center field fence. AutoZone Park features the largest video board in minor league baseball. Overall, the park is well-loved by locals for its affordable prices and family entertainment.
ADMISSION: $10 and up
DAYS & HOURS: Game dependent
ADDRESS: 200 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN MAP
PARKING: Garages nearby
Children’s Museum of Memphis
Opened in 1990 on the former grounds of a National Guard Armory, this discovery museum for children provides interactive exhibits and programs within a child-sized city. Edutainment exhibits include Art Collection, Art Smart, Footbal Lockers, Kids Market, Library, Bank, City Friends, Honeybee Hives, Lighthouse, Playscape Park, Skyscrape, WaterWORKS and Times Square.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 9a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 2525 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN MAP
PARKING: Free on premises
PHONE: 901-458-2678 or 901-320-3170
Memphis Pink Palace Museum & Planetarium
Though opened in 1930, Pink Palace Museum remains a star attraction in Memphis and is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. Walk through a replica of the first self-service grocery store. Explore the cultural and natural history of the Mid-South through exciting exhibits, dioramas, and audio-visuals. Trace Memphis’ development from the time of Spanish explorers to today. Sharpe planetarium is a 165-seat theater-in-the-round projecting star fields and visual images on a domed ceiling viewed from reclining seats. Coon Creek Science Center reveals that clams, crabs, sharks, and giant mosasaurs lived in Tennessee 70 million years ago when the ancient Gulf of Mexico covered the land. IMAX Theater features a 4-story tall screen with a 6-channel IMAX DIGITAL surround sound system that transports you into the ultimate film experience. Palace Cafe hosts birthday parties and custom box lunches.
ADMISSION: See website for Planetarium and IMAX pricing matrix
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 9a-4p, Fri-Sat 9-9, Sun 12a-6p
ADDRESS: 3050 Central Avenue, , Memphis, TN MAP
PARKING: On premises
W.C. Handy Park
Named after the legendary Bluesman, this extremely small park is used for impromptu jam sessions, picnics and music festivals.
ADDRESS: 300 Beale Street, Memphis, TN MAP
Robert Church Park
This modest sized park is often used for picnics. It honor Robert S. Church, Sr. who purchased the first bond when the city sought to restore its charter in the 1880s after the yellow fever epidemic. Many regard this courageous act as the event which saved the city from extinction. Believed to be the south’s first African-American millionaire, Church also built an auditorium used by Booker T Washington for speeches.
ADDRESS: Fourth & Beale Streets, Memphis, TN MAP
Beale Visitor Information Center
Managed by Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, there’s Lots of Memphis maps and brochures. Its located just a few steps from the W.C. Handy Home.DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p; Sat 9a-6p, Sun Noon-5pADDRESS: 340 Beale Street, Memphis, TNPHONE: 901-543-5333WEBSITE: http://www.memphistravel.com