Sidewalk Walking Tours - May 18

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Memphis in May presents a series of 90-minute walking tours on the sidewalks, alleys, parks and plazas of Downtown Memphis that covers all aspects of historical events and places, tall buildings and limitless facts throughout Downtown. All tours are open to the public, free and handicapped accessible.

Saturday, May 18

1:00 p.m. Court Square & Surroundings

The very basic core of the center city, Court Square is one of the original four squares laid out in the 1819 town plan.  Meet at the historic Hebe Fountain under the shade of century old trees to view the Gazebo, many historic tall buildings, even where Thomas Edison once worked, Stereo Alley and the site of the first self-service grocery store in America (1916), Piggly Wiggly.

3:00 p.m. South Main Historic District

Between the bridges where Downtown met the railroads and the river in the 19th &  20th centuries, a neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places marching into the 21st century with a re-purposing and renewal of authentic buildings and public spaces  Sites include Hotel Chisca, where the first Elvis record played over the radio (WHBQ) by legendary Dewey Phillips, 100-year-old Arcade Restaurant, Central Station, Jack Robinson Gallery, Blues Hall of Fame, National Civil Rights Museum., and numerous art galleries, boutique shops, coffee shops, restaurants and watering holes! Meet at Hotel Chisca, South Main & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

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