African American History Tour Of Memphis - Overview Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    9:45am or 1:00pm
  • Departure Details :
    Tennessee State Welcome Center, 119 Riverside Dr, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


On this 2.5 hour African American History tour, we will be your "conductor" and take you on a journey through Memphis that will be sure to open your eyes to some of the most historical sites connected to slavery through to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. There is so much more to Memphis than Downtown to experience, so we will also explore some of our interestingneighborhoods.


  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Family friendly
  • Get inside tips from a local

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The Civil Rights Movement and African American History is a very big part of Memphis. Onthis 2-hour tour of African American History, we will take you on a journey through Memphis that will be sure to open your eyes to some of the most historical times in slavery right through the civil rights movement. This will be aneye-opening, enlightening as well as entertaining tour that will be sure to stay with you.

On this tour you will see some of the most memorable sites Memphis has to offer such as: Slave Haven, a site that documents the history of the underground railroad. The National civil rights museum/ Lorraine motel, this is where we will trace the history of the civil rights movement from its roots to the present. Historic Mason Temple, where on April 3rd, 1968, a day before his assassination Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous last speech. Then there is Beale street, which is known as the Main Street of Black America and officially named "home of the Blues."

There is so much more to Memphis than downtown and we want to show you all of it. Along this journey we will show you compelling neighborhoods like Uptown, Pinch, District, South Memphis, Soulsville and the Edge and so many more additional historical landmarks.


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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

2 person minimum required.

Dress code is smart casual

This tour does not stop for guests to visit museums. Visits can be made at your leisure on your own. We will drive by sites with narration.

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  • 13-Dec-2019

    Ms Jackie is a most unusual tour guide, full of knowledge and very outgoing and personable. If your lucky she might even sing her song “Souldance” for you. BTW you can check it out on you tube!

    We saw so many important places in Memphis and America’s ongoing quest for civil rights. We followed the tour up with a visit the next day to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. Very moving and having the background from the tour was a great foundation.

  • 05-Aug-2019

    We were only able to spend a couple of hours in Memphis and this tour was the best way to do it! Ms Jackie was entertaining and informative- we learned history NOT just in history books- my kids and I loved it! Definitely reccomend.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This 2 hour tour was excellent. Our tour guides, Jackie and Queen, were very informative and entertaining. Would recommend for anyone interested in this subject.

  • 08-Apr-2019

    This was a good trip like a good movie you can watch it over and over but still feel the effects of what really happened back in the day so sad but yet so true but the saddest part is it still exists today Let’s ban together one by one one person to show love we can not allow this man #45 to continue to divide pray an ask for change

  • 26-Jan-2018

    Fantastic. Ms. Carolyn our tour guild was out of this world. She gave the us the history of Memphis in it's hay day to current day.

  • 18-Jan-2018

    Loved being in a small van vs. a large bus.

  • 28-Dec-2017

    It was wonderful! Our tour guide, Queen was warm and welcoming. Her knowledge of Memphis history was impressive and fulfilling! Taking the tour was an ideal way of starting our visit to Memphis!

  • 27-Nov-2017

    Queen was our tour guide and she was EXCELLENT, entertaining and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour as Memphis is full of unknown historical events.

  • 09-Oct-2017

    I didn't get to do the tour due to the time. I would suggest that this group be more flexible in their touring hours. The lady I spoke with on the phone was very gracious. She tried to make every accommodation for me, but we weren't able to make it happen. She offered to redeem my voucher on a later visit.

  • 05-Oct-2017

    Bar none, Queen was the best tour guide I've ever encountered. The tour is comprehensive, so well-researched, and you'll never encounter a friendlier and more enthusiastic person. We had the best time and both learned a tremendous amount about the Black history of Memphis. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

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