The National Civil Rights Musuem

The National Civil Rights Musuem is in Memphis, Tennessee and was established in July 4, 1991 due to the efforts of the Lorraine Civil Rights Musuem Foundation after the assassination of Martin Luther, Junior in 1968.

The National Civil Rights musuem is a collection of buildings, with the original one being the Marquette Hotel that was built in 1925. Walter Bailey, who became the second owner of the hotel in 1945, changed it to the Lorraine Hotel after his wife Loree and the song, “Sweet Lorraine”.

The Lorraine Hotel foreclosed in the 1980s, and the last tenant of the Hotel moved out in 1988, paving the way for the structure to become a musuem honoring Martin Luther King, Junior and his followers.

The museum features information regarding the investigation of Martin Luther King’s killer.

The walls on the buildings surrounding the civil rights musuem have murals with the statement popular with the movement in the 1960s, “I Am A Man”.


Jenny’s Record Store

The Spinning Jenny’s Record Store in Shamrock, Texas is notable for being in a town with an abundance of music history.

The side wall has a mural dedicated to former local resident Heather Dawn Podzemny.

There are other paintings dedicated to artists, such as Prince who passed in 2016.

The store had a variety of posters of musicians past tours, such such as Elvis Presley’s show with Johnny Cash in Mississippi, Tom Petty’s and The Grateful Dead’s tours.

There is a tribute to the late comedian Chris Farley, who had done a lot of comedy acts with actor David Spade, in the restroom of the store.


The Tower Station Diner Singer Elvis Presley Visited Before A Performance in Northern Texas

The Tower Station in Shamrock, Texas is one of the sites in that town that Elvis Presley had visited during his stay at the nearby Route 66 Inn (formerly known as the Sun n’ Sand Motel). The Tower Station had been designed by J. C. Berry, who was inspired by the image of a nail standing in soil.

The Texas Route 66 Festival is held at the city annually and honors Elvis’s legacy in the state.


Second Amendment Cowboy in Armadillo Texas

Texas is a state that has long been a bastion for gun rights in the United States, so it is fitting that there is a “Second Amendment Cowboy” statute in the state.

The statute is next to the decades old “Cadillac Ranch”, where ten Cadillac vehicles are partially buried into the ground at a forty five degree angle. Spray cans are left next to the cars so that individuals can create artwork on the cars.