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  • Beale St. Baptist Church the first brick constructed multistory church in the US built by African Americans for an African American congregation.  In the basement of the church is where Ida B. Well wrote about the violence and lynching of black men in the late 1800’s for the “Memphis Free Speech and Headlight” newspaper.
  • Manson Temple Church of God in Christ (GOGIC) the site of the last sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King before his assassination at the Lorraine Hotel.  C.H. Mason, founder of COGIC, the largest Pentecostal church in the world, is enshrined in the church building.
  • Booker T. Washington High School winner of the Race of the Top Commencement Challenge, is where President Barack Obama came to Memphis to speak at their 2011 commencement.  The alma mater at Booker T. Washington include Benjamin Hooks, Director of the NAACP, Marion Barry, former mayor of Washington DC, Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire and many more noted Black Americans.
  • Robert Church Park honoring the South’s first black millionaire, and Lemoyne-Owen College, the oldest historical black college in the South.
  • Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi River where you will stop to view the Sculpture of Tom Lee, a selfless hero who with his little boat the ZEV rescued 32 passengers of the sinking steamboat, the M.E. Norman.
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital where black architect, Paul Williams, designed the first building of the hospital.
  • Slavehaven at the Burkle Estate an Underground Railroad Safe House.
  • National Civil Rights Museum

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