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Memphis 101 City Tour
"The journey begins on historic Beale Street pointing out where the African-American community shopped worked and played.  Then we pass the historic Beale Street Baptist church and Robert Church Park where the blues began.  Then it's off to the Hunt-Phelan mansion where high society once lived.We pass AME church where Martin Luther King Jr. led his last march go by Fed Ex Forum the home of the Memphis Grizzlies Gibson Guitar Factory and W.C. Handy Park.Then we pass the most famous hotel of the Mid-South The Peabody Hotel
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Memphis 101 City Tour
"The journey begins on historic Beale Street pointing out where the African-American community shopped worked and played.  Then we pass the historic Beale Street Baptist church and Robert Church Park where the blues began.  Then it's off to the Hunt-Phelan mansion where high society once lived.We pass AME church where Martin Luther King Jr. led his last march go by Fed Ex Forum the home of the Memphis Grizzlies Gibson Guitar Factory and W.C. Handy Park.Then we pass the most famous hotel of the Mid-South The Peabody Hotel
From $82.00
 
Memphis 101 City Tour
"The journey begins on historic Beale Street pointing out where the African-American community shopped worked and played.  Then we pass the historic Beale Street Baptist church and Robert Church Park where the blues began.  Then it's off to the Hunt-Phelan mansion where high society once lived.We pass AME church where Martin Luther King Jr. led his last march go by Fed Ex Forum the home of the Memphis Grizzlies Gibson Guitar Factory and W.C. Handy Park.Then we pass the most famous hotel of the Mid-South The Peabody Hotel
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Confederate Park or Memphis Park?

The first photo is of a park along the river. When I asked the tour bus driver, she didn't know anything about it. Later I also took photos.

I have decided that this park is Confederate Park. The council temporarily changed the names of Confederate Park to Memphis Park but there is controversy about this decision.

The Historic-Memphis website describes this park

Confederate Park . 51 North Front Street

Confederate Park was designed by George Kessler as a Memorial to the Civil War, and was dedicated in 1908. It was part of Kessler's original "Grand Design" for Memphis. During the Civil War, the Mississippi River at Memphis was the sight of an intense battle as Southern forces fought to keep control of the waterfront. It wasn't enough. The Union crushed the Confederacy. Many lives were lost as well as the control of Memphis and the entire river. Those troops who died are remembered at Confederate Park. Today, the park provides a great perspective of where the battle occurred and there are markers where you can read first-hand what happened during the battle.

In spite of the Civil War theme, Confederate park became a dumping ground for a lot of old junk, none related to the Civil War - battered artillery from WWI, E. H. Crump's totem pole, and a concrete block inscribed with the Ten Commandments, as well as numerous fountains. In 1964, the park finally got its Civil War centerpiece, a statue of Jefferson Davis. Davis had lived in Memphis from 1875 to 1878 and a group raised the money to erect the statue. Originally, the park had authentic Civil War cannons, but they were sacrificed for scrap metal during WWII and later WWII cannons were added to the park. Those cannons have been removed and the Shelby County Historical Commission has announced plans to purchase 4 reproduction Civil War cannons to place in Confederate park.

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grandmaR
Nov 25, 2015

Crystal Shrine Grotto - FREE

OK, this one is WAAAYYY off the beaten path - in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Before you get too creeped out, I found this on www.roadsideamerica.com, and it looked interesting. I was not disappointed - it is a beautifully rendered man-made cave, built in 1935 by Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez. The grotto has beautiful quartz crystal, and has sections which illustrate the stages of "Christ's Journey on the Earth from Birth to Resurrection". The outside has a beautiful pond and garden area and signs noting it's biblical reference. It has been on National Register of Historic Places for Tennessee since 1991.

It is beautiful, and I think definitely worth a visit. The photos do not do it justice - it is quite beautiful.

Memorial Park Cemetery
5668 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN

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TravellerMel
Jul 29, 2013

Overton Park/Square

I lived close to this park, and walked in it probably 4-5 times a week. My wife was going to the College of Art during the day, and alot of times we would eat at one of the close-by restaurants in Overton Square. This is the largest park in Memphis and a really nice place to picnic, walk, bike, skate or any number of other outside fun things to do!

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dustmon
Jun 02, 2010

Overton Park

Overton Park is the best park in Memphis. It has this air about it, it is just cool. You have playgrounds and bike trails. Within the park is an outdoor music theater called the Overton Park shell, the Memphis Zoo which includes 2 pandas, Memphis Brooks museum, and Memphis college of art. In all it is about 340 acres and you will find a melting pot of different types of people doing anything from walking the dog to groups of people playing drums. My SIL and I like to ride the bike trail and then bike over to a local bar and have a glass of wine. It is very nice.

daileyjoy
Feb 03, 2007
 
 
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The Jefferson Davis Memorial

This isn't too far off the beaten path, just a little small and non-touristy . The statue commemorates the life and achievements of Jefferson Davis, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America. You can find it in the park near the riverfront downtown.

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dlandt
Oct 24, 2005

WJ Freeman Park

This is a large park in the Barlett area in the suburbs of Memphis. Located at 2629 Bartlett Boulevard, this park features at walking/jogging trail, tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, and a playground.

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"Graceland, Music, and BBQ!"
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Riverboats

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Mud Island

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Peabody Hotel

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Pyramid

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Peabody Place

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Rock N Soul Museum

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