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National Civil Rights Museum - Do/ExploreFrommers review: "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., came to Memphis in early April of 1968 in support of the city's striking ... More
Frommers review: "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., came to Memphis in early April of 1968 in support of the city's striking garbage collectors. He checked into the Lorraine Motel as he always did when visiting Memphis. On April 4, he stepped out onto the balcony outside his room and was shot dead by James Earl Ray. The assassination of King struck a horrible blow to the American civil rights movement and incited riots in cities across the country. However, despite the murder of the movement's most important leader, African Americans continued to struggle for the equal rights that were guaranteed to them under the U.S. Constitution.
Saved from demolition, the Lorraine Motel was remodeled and today serves as the nation's memorial to the civil rights movement. In evocative displays, the museum chronicles the struggle of African Americans from the time of slavery to the present. Multimedia presentations and life-size, walk-through tableaux include historic exhibits: a Montgomery, Alabama, public bus like the one on which Rosa Parks was riding when she refused to move to the back of the bus; a Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter; and the burned shell of a freedom-ride Greyhound bus. Allow 2 to 3 hours."
Peabody Hotel - Stay/SleepGoogle review: "We are from Oklahoma, and were on our way to South Carolina, and when we were in Memphis, ... More
Google review: "We are from Oklahoma, and were on our way to South Carolina, and when we were in Memphis, we thaught we would stay at the Peabody. And we got everything we wanted."
Graceland - Do/ExploreYelp review: "Frigging amazing, on so many levels. This is music history, American pop history. Love his music or hate ... More
Yelp review: "Frigging amazing, on so many levels.
This is music history, American pop history. Love his music or hate it, Graceland is something to see.
Shag carpet on the ceiling? Pleated paisley wall coverings? Elvis impersonators? Yes please!
The five stars goes to the actual museum, the adorable shuttle driver, the planes, and cars. Get the ticket that will allow just that, and you won't be missing anything except gift store traps.
I must also warn: SKIP ROCKABILLY'S DINER. Surly people. Peanut butter and banana sandwich is a greasy inedible mess. It's crowded. The soda fountain had black mold growing in the ice dispenser. They clearly don't care, so plan to eat elsewhere.
If you want to go see Sun Studio, take advantage of the free shuttle from Graceland. There is nowhere to park when you get there.
The area immediately surrounding Graceland is a display of some of the worst poverty I've ever seen. Made me wonder what happened over the years."