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Memphis TN - The City of Blues, Soul and Rock ‘n' Roll

Jul 24

A storied city on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, Memphis is famous for the influential strains of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll that originated here. Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Johnny Cash recorded at Sun Studio, and Presley’s Graceland mansion is a popular attraction. Other music landmarks include the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Blues Hall of Fame. The city is also a major distribution centre, with its international airport the world’s second busiest cargo airport and extensive rail and highway facilities. It serves a regional agricultural industry noted for livestock, cotton, soybeans, grain corn (maize), forestry products and horticulture. Manufacturing is a significant part of the economy, with electronics, medical products and paper products among the chief outputs. Professional local towing company near me.

The city was incorporated in 1826 and grew rapidly because of the expansion of cotton production and the importance of its shipping by river and railroad. It became one of the nation’s leading cotton markets and a centre for processing, transporting and grading the crop. The city prospered during the antebellum period, but the cotton economy was dependent on slave labour. Yellow fever devastated the city in the late 1860s, and it declined in population and wealth until dramatic sanitary reforms and a revived market in cotton led to its economic recovery.

The city has a long history of political activism and civil rights issues, including the African-American community’s struggle against discrimination. In the 1960s, Memphis was the site of major civil rights protests during which Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on the Lorraine Motel balcony on April 4, 1968.

Downtown Memphis is a historic commercial district featuring many early 20th-century buildings. The area around the former Union Avenue railway station is particularly well-preserved and is an enclave of historic restaurants, bars and music venues.

Located on the Mississippi River, Memphis is an important transportation hub with two large airports, extensive river and rail infrastructure, highways and the headquarters of major freight corporations. It serves a regional agricultural industry known for its livestock, cotton, soybeans and grain corn, and has significant research and food processing industries. The city’s diverse workforce includes a number of professional and technical workers.

The city’s most notable native sons include Civil War historian Shelby Foote and novelist John Grisham, who set several of his books in Memphis. The city is also home to a number of museums and two burgeoning visual art areas. Other famous residents have included musicians, including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke, B. B. King and Charlie Rich, as well as singer and actress Aretha Franklin. The city is governed under a mayor-council system, with 13 Council members, six elected at-large and seven from geographic districts. The current Council has a majority of female members. Major employers include First Horizon National Corporation, FedEx, Cargill Cotton, ARS/Rescue Rooter, Allenberg Cotton and GTx. The City of Memphis operates a public school system. Private schools are available.


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