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Home of the blues and birthplace of rock ‘n roll

Memphis is where Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and B.B. King all began in the 1950s.

Memphis has a unique culture that combines music, art, literature with numerous celebrations. One of the largest celebrations the city has is “Memphis in May,” a month-long series of events promoting Memphis' heritage and outreach of its people far beyond the city's borders with the Beale Street Music Festival, International Week and the Sunset Symphony.

The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is the largest pork barbecue cooking contest in the world.

On the Banks of the Mighty Mississippi

Memphis is a major commercial and transportation hub due to its location on the Mississippi River, the convergence of highways and railways and being home to the world’s largest air freight terminal. With a major distribution network and a broad economic base, Memphis is a major intermodal hub and Foreign Trade Zone with river, air, rail and road facilities, making it one of America’s most important distribution centers.

The Memphis International Airport is less than 15 minutes from most business centers in the area and serves major airlines and commuter lines. It is the world's busiest cargo airport because of FedEx, UPS and other air freight companies that move millions of tons of cargo annually.

A Literary Tradition

Well-known writers from Memphis include Civil War historian Shelby Foote and playwright Tennessee Williams. Novelist John Grisham grew up in nearby DeSoto County, Mississippi and many of his books are set in Memphis.

Civil Rights History

Memphis played a prominent role in the American civil rights movement and was the site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1968 assassination. The city became the home of the National Civil Rights Museum - a Smithsonian affiliate institution.

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