Home of the Blues and Beale Street


Hello, hello !

Sadly, we are in the last days of our trip.  As we approach the end, I am thinking through all of the places we have been and one particular place sticks out in my mind the most -- Memphis, Tennessee.

overlooking Memphis from the roof of the Peabody Hotel
From the Peabody Hotel to the Lorraine, Memphis is rich with history.  Though the Civil Rights Museum was under construction for renovation at the time, I still enjoyed the visit.  We were able to go up on to the balcony where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated; the mere air of the space was chilling.  
on the balcony where MLK's assassination occurred 
Our visit at the Center for Southern Folklore was quite interesting.  Our guide, Ms. Judy Peiser, taught us much about Memphis which round-aboutly taught us more about the South.  My favorite topic she told us about was the infamous Beale Street.  During a time of segregation, Beale Street was the place where Blacks, their businesses, and their social life was welcomed.  There were law practices, doctors' offices, convenience stores, dance clubs, and all sorts of businesses, all Black-owned and operated on Beale Street.  Beale Street was the hot spot!  Celebrities like B.B. King and others who traveled the world would come to Memphis to visit Beale Street and perform in one of the clubs.  (Later on in the trip I was able to draw similarities between Beale Street and Washington, D.C.'s U Street.)   After we left the Center for Southern Folklore, we took a stroll down the way to Beale Street. 
standing on Beale Street
Memphis is definitely a place I plan to further explore ! :-)

Yours truly,
- T.K. 

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