Tuesday, October 19, 2010
SEGMENT 13--Memphis to Nashville, TN
In the morning I visited the Civil Rights Museum on the site where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. He was 39 years old. He was in Memphis to raise support for the local garbage men who were working in terrible conditions for low pay. He was staying at the Lorraine Motel because it was one of the few places in town where they allowed black people. I saw Orlando Bloom visit this museum in a movie called Elizabethtown. The tour takes you right up to the balcony and you can view the room where he stayed. A large wreath hangs on the balcony of room 306. Again I am overcome with emotion of the sadness of the events that day. He died before I was even born, but this is also a part of American History as dying is a part of life.
We stayed the night in a rest stop just outside of town, and in the late morning we made our way downtown, found a parking space in a lot somewhere, and headed down to Riverfront Park for a country concert with Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Jerrod Niemann, and Luke Bryan. It was such a beautiful day and the location was delightful. Grandpa had his scooter and we had great seats.
After the concert Grandpa went to bed and I hit the town. Broadway is a street just like Beale in Memphis with bars and night clubs, but here they all play country music. I went to a little place called Tootsies Orchid Lounge. Great music and the place was packed! I think I love it here.