2nd day in Memphis

Trip Start Oct 08, 2009
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Trip End Nov 04, 2009


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

today was a day of visiting museums, first the Stax museum. The stax was a studio which recorded in the 50s - 60s, Issac Hayes recorded Shaft and Otis Redding recorded On the Dock of the Bay. Eretha Franklin also recorded here and was born in Memphis. Saw Sun studios where Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins recorded. The very first rock and roll song was recorded in Memphis by Sam Phillipp's in 1951 by Ike Turner (Rocket 88). Memphis just oozes history and Talent.
   In the Afternoon we went to the Civil Rights Museum which is the Lorraine motel where Dr King was killed on the balcony in 1964. The museum is a time line of Black history in America. Although only James Earl Ray was the only one convicted, He had to have some help to pull off, The museums idea is that he did it for profit rather than ideology.
    Later in the day we went to a museum called the Pink Palace Museum , once owned by a cotton magnate, Than by a guy who started the Piggy Wiggly grocery Chain. Had some interesting exhibits. A miniature Circus built in 1930-1955 by a man, miniature railroads, a medical museum, history exhibit. Had a replica of the 1st store owned by the man who started Piggy Wiggly.
    In the Evening we went on a 1.5 hour walking ghost tour, We stopped in an alley where in the 1870s during a yellow fever outbreak, 200 people a day died. It go so bad they just left the bodies stacked in the alley  for weeks as many as 500 bodies. So ghosts haunt the alley. Stopped by the Orpeum Theater where a little girl was killed crossing the Street to see a show in 1800s, She was ran over by a carriage, Today this day they never sell the seat . Many people have seen her ghost, Including Yull Brennor who sat alone in the theater and claimed he talked to her for 2 hours and her secrets are safe with him!!!!. Dogs bark when the go by the theater. Some entertainers refuse to come back after seeing her ghost. The guide had many other stops and ghost stories
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