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Other nearby
Points of Interest

National Civil Rights Museum

Graceland

Burkle Estate Museum

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Woodruff Fontaine House

Memphis Zoo

Mud Island River Park

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Sun Studio

 

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Beale Street

Beale Street - Memphis, Tennessee

Photos by Ben Prepelka

     Although itís less than two miles long, Beale Street is one of the major tourist attractions in Memphis. First created by developer Robertson Topp, many black traveling musicians began performing on Beale Street at the close of the Civil War. By the end of the century, additions of the Grand Opera House (Orpheum), Robert Church Park, clubs, restaurants, shops and a form of music called the Memphis Blues attracted attention nation-wide.
     One of the most famous blues artists from Beale Street was Riley B. King. Looking for a chance to be noticed, King started off with a 10 minute radio spot on a Memphis station. The popular artist settled on Blues Boy King for a catchy name and today all of America recognizes the name B.B. King. Beale Street Cab - Memphis After playing nationally for 40 years, King opened B.B. King's Blues Club on Beale Street in 1991. Part of a redevelopment plan, King's Club was among many new establishments and attractions that brought back the festive atmosphere on Beale Street. Now you'll find a crowd every night, with Fridays and Saturdays jamming the streets with music lovers.
     Beale Street was declared Home of the Blues by an Act of Congress and was also placed on the National Register as a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

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