Guided tour

Memphis: Black History Self-Drive Tour

Memphis: Black History Self-Drive Tour

From $66 per person

Join an expert guide for a self-driven caravan tour and experience Memphis, Tennessee through an African-American historical lens.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Hear the stories behind Slave Haven, an underground Railroad Museum
  • See the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated
  • Visit the I Am A Man Plaza created to honor the 1,300 sanitation workers who went on strikers who went on strike in 1968
  • Travel in the comfort of your own vehicle
Full description
Experience Memphis in a new way on this innovative driving tour. You will not only see sites connected to the struggles and triumphs of African Americans in Memphis but also hear the stories that will help connect the dots often not taught in school. Your journey will begin down by the Mississippi River where the city began. Hear the story of how this city was given the name Memphis. You will see sights connected to slavery, the Underground Railroad, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement, and Memphis Music. Learn how the now world famous Beale Street was once known as the Negro Main Street USA. See the "shotgun" home where the Father of the Blues once lived. Not far from there is a church built in the late 1800's by freed people. It is still an active church today and is one of the oldest African American congregations in the city. The National Civil Rights Museum is visible on the route. This museum is the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968. Drive through the neighborhoods of Downtown, Uptown, Pinch, South City, Soulsville USA, and the Edge District. Significantly, the church where Dr. King gave his famous, last and prophetic speech, "I've Been To The Mountain Top" less than 24 hours before he was assassinated will also be seen from your vehicle.
  • 2.5-hour narrated tour
  • Professional guide in a separate vehicle
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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    Prepare for the activity

    Meeting point

    Meet your guide in your vehicle at the bus parking lot at the TN Welcome Center. Park behind the van labeled A Tour of Possibilities

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Charged Smartphone

    Know before you go

    • You must agree to a waiver with the local partner at the start of your tour to ensure you can ride safely in your vehicle
    • You will drive your own vehicle using your own smart device with Bluetooth capability for the duration of the tour
    • A guide will accompany you in a separate vehicle
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

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    It was exciting, informative and very emotional. A must experience.

    August 30, 2020

    February 25, 2021

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    Product ID: 390826