The National Civil Rights Museum and more

On Monday, we got up pretty early and went to a local cafe, Tamp and Tap, to fortify ourselves for several hours at The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. Thankfully, our Airbnb was within walking distance of a ton of stuff, so we walked from the cafe to the Museum.

As we walked down Mulberry Street, the Lorraine Hotel sign came into view along with a large mural across the street. The area was quiet and as we turned the corner, we saw the hotel balcony and a wreath hanging in front of room 306. If you have never been to this museum, I can’t recommend it enough. It is a place full of history, strength, struggle, sadness, and victory. We were there for almost 4 hours and I’m sure we didn’t see everything. I lost count of how many times either mom or I said we just didn’t understand – how people can be so horrible to each other, how government can be so crooked, how people can just stand by and watch while others are being treated like dirt – and how it can still be happening today, everywhere. It’s mind-boggling.

 

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Approaching from Mulberry Street
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Balcony for room 306

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Mural and Lorraine sign
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Civil Rights Museum display
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Remnants of a bus burned during the Civil Rights Movement
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Mural in downtown Memphis

 

After many somber hours and a lot of walking, it was time for something lighter – fried chicken. And not just any fried chicken, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken! We walked over from the Museum, and while we didn’t think we were hungry, as soon as we got there and the aroma hit us, we were ready to chow. But before my review, I have a confession – I am not a fan of fried chicken. (I know!) It’s not that I hate it, I just don’t get what the big deal is. It’s usually so bland and greasy; it’s not my cup of tea. HOWEVER…Gus’s was a whole different story. It was not greasy, it had a perfect amount of spice and crunch, the breast I had was tender and juicy. It was totally worthy of all the hype it gets. And my Gus’s plastic cup was the only souvenir I brought home, so there’s that.

We ended our evening on Beale Street, sitting on the rooftop bar of Alfred’s. It gave a great bird’s eye view of all the action, and kept us nice and cool in the humid Memphis air.

Tuesday we plan on seeing the Peabody ducks and having some delicious Memphis BBQ!

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Gus’s!
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View of Beale Street from Alfred’s

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