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Visitors Center: 3205 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee 38116
Hours: 9am-6pm, Nov-Mar and 9am-7pm, Apr-Oct. The center is open 24 x 7.
Phone: 800.873.6282 / 901.543.5333
Population: 627,802 (2004 US Census)
Gender: 47.6% male, 52.4% female
Race: 62.3% African American, 34.8% White, 2.9% Other
Median Income: $32,399
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The largest city in Tennessee and the second largest metropolitan area in the state, Memphis has the reputation of being the cradle of American music. Blues, Gospel, and Rock and Roll, these unique American music genres all roosted in Memphis in their early days. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and B.B. King all got their starts in Memphis in the early 1950s. Each are considered a "king" of their music style (country, rock and roll, and blues respectively).
Folks from all over the world come to Memphis to visit Graceland. A museum opened in 1982, Graceland is a fine tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Other city attractions include Beale Street, Sun Studios, Libertyland Amusement Park, Memphis Zoo, the Memphis Queen riverboat, Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, Ballet Memphis, Beale Street Music Festival, and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.
In regard to commerce, Fortune 500 companies located in Memphis include AutoZone, FedEx, and International Paper. Additionally, the city is known for it manufacture of textiles, heating equipment, pianos, and automobile and truck parts.
I've just entered the city limits and I'm now on my way to see Graceland. Come with me on my tour of Memphis, experiencing this little slice of the good ole south will be good for you!
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