As a native of West Tennessee, I feel as if we get the short end of the stick. So often the rest of the world see West Tennessee as either the home of Elvis Presley or the city that killed Martin Luther King, Jr. Therefore, it excites me when I hear of other historical events taking place in Memphis, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas. Here are three in particular that caught my attention.
1) “From Civil War to Civil Rights: Race, Region and the Making of Public Memory,” will take place February 27th – March 1st, at Rhodes College. This three day conference will allow for an intensive discussion on the “ways that the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the intervening years have shaped our understandings of race, region, ‘the South,’ citizenship, and American identity.” It is free to the public, but if you’d like to attend, they ask that you sign up in advance.
If you’d like more information regarding this upcoming conference, check out their website.
2) The Morton Museum of Collierville, in Collierville, Tennessee, is holding an opening reception for their newest exhibit: “Photographs from Parr’s Studio: Images of 100 years ago.” The exhibit officially opens March 6th, and will run until May 17th.
3) Ever wanted to see a history reenactment, but never had the chance? Now you do…