Memphis Walking Tours with Jimmy Ogle

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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 4 

1:00 p.m. Pinch District

Considered the original neighborhood of Memphis, where the first lot was conveyed, site of the original waterfront, first Post Office and first tavern. Sites include Auction Square, Pyramid, Convention Center, Market Square, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Lauderdale Courts (where the Presley family lived), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Gayoso Bayou and more. Assemble at Westy’s Restaurant, 346 N. Main at Jackson.

3:00 p.m. Civic Center Plaza, Adams Avenue & Judge D’Army Bailey Courthouse

Gather in the shadows of the City, State and Federal buildings at the Memphis In May Plaza of Flags recognizing previous honored countries. Public art, QuiltSurround, Claridge House, Downtown Memphis Commission, Calvary Episcopal Church Magevney House, St. Peter Catholic Church, Fire Museum, topped off by an exclusive tour of the century-old Courthouse.

Saturday, May 11

1:00 p.m. The Great Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour

From Riverside Drive to the Peabody Hotel, sites along the way the historic Mississippi River, cobblestone wharf, Promenade, Cotton Row, November 6th 1934 Street, WDIA, Charlie Vergos Rendezvous Alley, AutoZone Park, and inside peek of Lansky Brothers Clothing Store and the Peabody Lobby.  Meet at the Cotton Museum, Union & Front.

3:00 p.m. Beale Street & Memphis Heritage Trail

Assemble where “Broadway Meets Beale” at the Orpheum Theatre (Main & Beale) for a walk “with your ten feet off of  Beale” past Elvis Presley Plaza, B.B. King’s, Handy Park, Withers Collection, W.C. Handy House, Robert Church Park, and back on the Memphis Heritage Trail to Clayborn Temple, I AM A MAN Plaza, FedEx Forum, the intersection of King & King(!), Dr. MLK, Jr. Reflection Park, Hotel Chisca and Bobby “Blue” Bland Plaza.

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.

All Roads Lead to Memphis

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Memphis in May and the West Tennessee Historical Society

“No City in America tells the story of America better than Memphis, Tennessee”.  Discover why and how AND enjoy the special presentation “All Roads Lead to Memphis” that Memphis in May is bringing to select local schools during May presented by Jimmy Ogle. Free.

Monday, May 6
7:00 pm
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library / Free admission
3030 Poplar Avenue - Memphis, TN 38111

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