Historic Roads & Trails
The path paved by African Americans in Tennessee was one long and arduous, etched with trials and triumphs, tragedy and victory.
Today, the challenges faced by African Americans throughout the generations, and the accomplishments that followed, are commemorated in the dedicated museums, monuments, landmarks and preserved sites throughout the state.
Memphis In May International Festival
For over 30 years, Memphis in May has meant great music, great BBQ, great fun! It kicks off with the Beale Street Music Festival featuring over 65 performers in rock & roll, blues, and soul. Every year, an international country and culture is celebrated with cuisine and wines, exhibits and commerce. ...more
Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum (Burkle Estate)
A white clapboard house built in 1849 by Jacob Burkle is rumored to have served as a way station on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves. A tour of the house includes a visit to a small cellar where slaves waited to escape. ...more
Tennessee State University
TSU was founded in 1909 as Tennessee State Agricultural and Industrial College for Negroes. Their nationally recognized marching band, exciting football teams and large, loyal alumni make it one of the most popular historically black universities in America. ...more
White Lightning Trail
The White Lightning Trail is waiting for you: a picturesque drive through the fertile valleys and rustic charm of the Tennessee hills. After leaving the city limits, you’ll pass through the Great Smoky Mountains into historic country music — Maynardville — home to country music greats like Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. ...more
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