Memphis: History, Blues, and Barbecue

The city is located in the southern part of the United States, on the banks of the Mississippi River. It is a major commercial center, the main area of development was agriculture, but there are also several large industrial plants in the city.

Many music lovers consider Memphis the birthplace of the blues, because one of its streets, called Beale Street, was sung by W. C. Handy himself in his song. One of the most remarkable places is the Lorraine Hotel. The fact is that M. L. King was murdered in one of its rooms. Today that room is home to a museum dedicated to the most famous African-American rights activist. Other city attractions include the Chukaliss Indian Village Museum, the Brooks Picture Gallery, Confederate Park, the Museum of Natural History and Industry, the Memphis City Museum, and the Victorian Quarter.

Memphis is home to many interesting galleries, painting fans will be interested in visiting the Jestin Gallery. It has an interesting collection of paintings by African-American artists, and the gallery also often hosts photo exhibitions. What makes it different from regular museums is that visitors can buy literally all the art and photographs they like. Admission to this gallery is completely free.

Memphis is home to the world-famous Graceland Estate, once owned by Elvis Presley and his wife. The King of Pop was buried on his own estate, which is now visited by hundreds of fans and tourists every day. The estate features an interesting museum dedicated to his life and work, and Elvis Presley’s memorabilia is a huge part of the museum’s collection.

History buffs will be interested in St. Mary’s Cathedral, which was built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. This cathedral, built of light stone, is an exact replica of the 13th-century Gothic church seen in Bavaria. Hidden within the walls of the cathedral is a very symbolic monument, it depicts the nurses who died during the yellow fever epidemic at the end of the 19th century, having been infected by their patients.

A very interesting place to walk would be the historic Cooper-Young neighborhood, once the most beautiful in the city. There are many old houses that were built in the 19th century preserved here, and the chic Victorian mansions are now home to popular stores and restaurants.

Nature lovers in Memphis should not miss the Botanical Gardens. It occupies an area of about 96 acres and is divided into several thematic areas for the convenience of visitors. There is a Japanese garden with incredibly beautiful bridges and artificial ponds in which goldfish swim. Great interest is the Sensory Garden, where you can not only admire the plants, but also touch them. Travelers who visit Memphis in May and June will have the opportunity to stroll through the Rose Garden, they bloom at this time of year.

A great place to relax outdoors will be Overton Park. There are picnic areas, golf courses, tennis courts, and playgrounds for children, and a number of interesting museums in this huge park.