History

2019
During Women’s History Month in March, the Memphis Women’s History Trail will be unveiled. Follow it across the city to celebrate Memphis women who led the way in fields from entertainment to social justice.

1962
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opens. In time, local events begin raising funds for the fight against childhood cancer, including the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.

1955
Memphis Riverboats begins operating sightseeing cruises on the Mississippi River. Hop aboard at Beale Street Landing.

1916
Piggly Wiggly, the country’s first self-service grocery store, opens in Memphis. Walk through a replica and see Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community at the Pink Palace Museum. The bicentennial exhibit debuts in March.

1968
A sanitation workers strike brings Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, where he rallies supporters at Clayborn Temple. Visit the site's I Am A Man Plaza, commemorating the workers and the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's death.

1899
Robert R. Church, Sr., Memphis’ first African-American millionaire, helps to develop Beale Street as a center for black culture. Explore America’s most iconic street by day or night.

1869
The Peabody opens, beginning a 150-year tradition of hospitality, people-watching and ducks that march on cue. Watch the ducks, then linger for a cocktail or an overnight stay.

1819
Memphis is founded by three entrepreneurs, including future U.S. President Andrew Jackson, along the Mississippi River. It’s still a good spot to dream up big ideas—or stroll, kayak, watch a sunset...
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