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Fun facts about Memphis
- “Memphis” is also the name of an ancient Egyptian capital.
- It is the largest city in Tennessee, with about 670,000 residents, known as “Memphians.”
- Former Key Club member and music icon Elvis Presley’s former home, Graceland, is here. It is the second-most visited house in the United States (the first is the White House).
- Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 at the Lorraine Motel. The motel is now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum.
- Legendary singer the Rev. Al Green makes his home in Memphis and preaches each week he’s in town at the Pentecostal Baptist church he started in 1979, the Full Gospel Tabernacle. The public is welcome.
- Johnny Cash, Elvis and B.B. King, known as the “Kings” of country, rock ‘n’ roll and blues, respectively, all got their start in Memphis in the 1950s.
- Barbecue and the blues both are huge here, and both are available in abundance on Beale Street.
- Piggly Wiggly, the first self-service grocery store, was opened in Memphis in 1916.
- Sun Studio, the famous, downtown Memphis recording studio where Elvis—and many other musicians—got their start is still a functioning studio and a museum.
- Ducks march to and from the Grand Lobby of the Peabody Hotel each day at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Yes, real ducks.) It’s a tradition that began in 1933.