1,200 miles later, we made it to Memphis, Tennessee
The first leg of our Great American Road Trip ended in Memphis, the home of Elvis, rock n’ roll, the site where the great Martin Luther King was assassinated, and where the energy of Beale St. radiates at night.
Breakfast at Barista Parlor, a hipster coffee joint housed in a garage with an outdoor stage. Friendly, bearded servers in lumberjack shirts bring you over-priced, artisan coffee and gourmet sweets. Like being back home in Brooklyn, but friendlier.
Instead of handing you a receipt with your order number, Barista Parlor gives you this: your very own cardboard companion.
Music Hall of Fame. Photo credit: Jorge
Music Hall of Fame.
The King’s meditation pool in Graceland.
A mural on Main Street by the Lorraine Hotel.
In the “Jungle Room”, the infamous corners where the King hung out with friends.
Mod TV’s at Graceland
At the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. stood when he was assassinated.
Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left, are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King, and Ralph Abernathy. The 39-year-old Nobel Laureate was the father of non-violence in the 1960s civil rights movement. Photo Credit: AP