The city of Memphis has a story with disaster and triumph. 'Memphis 101 is a one hour tour and a great way to learn about how Memphis evolved since the early 1800's. 'From it's thriving cotton industry to an epidemic that almost wiped it off the map. 'You'll see churches that have been standing for centuries, historic homes where high society once dwelled, the city's oldest theater, the park where a music genre was born and the hotel balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 and much more. 'Yes, Memphis is known for its musical roots. 'But its the city's fascinating past that inspired that unique Memphis sound.
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, drive along the Mississippi River, and off for a stop at Martyr's Park which is dedicated to the victims of the yellow fever epidemic.
Then we go by the Arcade Restaurant which is the oldest cafe in Memphis and the Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. 'was assassinated. '
Then we take a drive down Cotton Row where cotton was king, the famous Memphis Pyramid and Ellis Auditorium where the very first Gospel shows happened in Memphis.
We then drive by St. Mary's Cathedral where victims of the yellow fever were cared for, Collins Chapel CME Church the oldest African-American congregation in Memphis and then a trip through Victorian Village where the city's oldest mansions still stand.
We also pass by the Magevney House the oldest house in Memphis, the courthouse and the first police and fire station in Memphis.
Then we go by Court Square one of the original parks in Memphis and Dr. D.T. Porter building the very first skyscraper in Memphis.