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Our African American Civil Rights Tour will take you to historic sites related to our Black Heritage and present-day places significant in the development of the African American community in Memphis. Please take a moment to review just some of the interesting places that you will see on this tour.
This tour is a narrated riding tour with picture stops. Click below to see African American Civil Rights Tour packages that include stopping to tour inside various attractions described below.
In 1968 an important labor dispute brought Dr. Martin Luther King to Memphis. A strike was raised by the City of Memphis Sanitation Workers that escalated into a full-fledged commitment to human dignity, economic equity, and segregation. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, now the National Civil Rights Museum. Your Sweet Magnolia tour guide will take you to the spot of the assassination for a presentation.
Follow the footsteps of the King from “rags to riches” starting with Elvis’ early life in Memphis as a teenager at¬†Lauderdale Courts, to his sky rocking career after recording his first record at Sun Studio.
- Elvis from Rags to Riches Tour
- Graceland Platinum Tour & Sun Studio Tour
- The highlight of this one-of-a-kind adventure will be at Lauderdale Courts, where you will visit Elvis’ apartment, which has been carefully restored to replicate the original furnishings and Decor.
Group rates available
Holly Springs, MS
The Mississippi Delta’s earliest storytellers possessed a similar trait that is detected in the classic writings of southern-based native authors, such as, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams and in the contemporary writings of John Grisham. It is a sense of place and a devotion to the traditions of its past.¬†Nowhere in the South are these traditions more evident than in small southern Mississippi towns.
Welcome to the Mississippi Delta where writers and blues men, planters and scholars have lived and created the culture that we call “the Old South.” In many small towns dotted along the roadside this culture has remained virtually unchanged throughout the many decades since Plantation Life flourished in the Delta. You will be traveling down one of those roads today, Highway 61, America’s “Blues Highway” on your way to Clarksdale, a town highly acclaimed for keeping the blues alive. Clarksdale is a mix of legend, lore and literary greatness. It is not only home to many of the original blues artists of our time but also, the famous playwright Tennessee Williams. Experience the¬†Clarksdale Delta Blues Tour today!¬†
- Fully excorted & narrated by our professional tour guide.
- A tour inside the Delta Blues Museum.
- Lunch at Ground Zero.
- Visit Hobson Plantation and the Commissary.
- Group will be given an “RC Cola and Moon Pie” upon departure from Clarksdale.
Group Rates Available
Memphis, the Gateway to the Old South, is one of the most beautiful cities in the Southern United States. Filled with Southern charm, beautifully restored mansions, sculptured tree-lined parkways, on a setting high on the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff, this river city boasts of glowing sunsets over the Mississippi, the world’s finest BBQ restaurants, and the “Red, Hot and Blue” sounds of the Beale St. Historic Entertainment Distinct. Come with us on this inclusive tour to explore the city that is called, “The City of Good Abode.”
Get to know the Mississippi Delta on our Tunica Countryside Tour.¬† Visit the Tunica County Museum, where¬†you will view a film presentation on the area’s history and enjoy a Cotton Ginning demonstration, followed by a visit to the¬†Tunica River Park Museum¬†located adjacent to the dock of the Tunica Queen Riverboat Company.¬† The 24,000 square foot museum is centered on the life of the Mississippi river and its history.¬† The artifacts and interpretative exhibits date back to the days of early Indian civilization, highlighting life on the river and historical events, such as the flood of 1927.¬† See the Indian Mound at the Leatherman, where Hernando Desoto discovered the Mississippi River, and ride through the original Mississippi Riverbed to the quaint town of Tunica.
- Beale Street Blues Tour 3hrs
- Rock n Roll Tour 3hrs
- Soul Music Tour 3hrs
In the quest to identify the roots of American music, all roads led to Memphis, as stated by to the Smithsonian Museum. The Music of Elvis and Graceland, BB King and the Blues, the Gospel of Al Green, Isaac Hays, Otis Redding, and the sounds of soul … Memphis, the epicenter of the Blues, Rock ‘n Roll, Gospel and Soul … this is where it all began.
Each one of our “Rhythms of Memphis” tours begin with a music related sightseeing tour, a visit to the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and one other music attraction. All tours end on Beale Street, making it convenient to add an optional Sweet Magnolia lunch and/or dinner package at B. B. King’s Blues Club, Alfred’s on Beale, Kings’ Palace, Pig on Beale or the Blues City Caf√©.