Many Black heroes and historical figures call Memphis
home. Let your family walk the streets that inspired
many influential Black Americans! Civil rights activist
and publisher Ida B. Wells and NAACP founding member
Mary Church Terrell hail from Memphis, as do Lois
Deberry, the first female State Representative in
Tennessee, and Harold Ford, Sr., the first African
American Congressman of his district. W.S. Martin,
the co-owner of the Memphis Red Sox Negro League Baseball
team, and Robert Church, the South’s first Black
millionaire, are from the city as well. Dr. J. E.
Walker, founder of Universal Life Insurance Company,
Bishop Charles H. Mason, founder of the Church of
God in Christ, and W.C. Handy, known as Father of the
Blues, all walked the streets of the city as well.
Memphis is also home to some of the most famous Black
performing artists of the century, including Blues
legend and Grammy winner B.B. King, Grammy winner
Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Oscar
winner Morgan Freeman.
Visit www.memphistravel.com for more information.