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Celebrating 40 Years 

PIONEERS IN HERITAGE TOURISM

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HERITAGE TOURS

Memphis, Tennessee, is a city steeped in history, and at the heart of its vibrant cultural tapestry is a rich African American heritage that has left an indelible mark on the city's past and present. Heritage Tours in Memphis offer a captivating journey through some of the most prominent African American historical sites, inviting tourists, school groups, church groups, and youth groups to embark on an educational and inspirational experience.

SHARING MEMPHIS WITH THE WORLD

Heritage Tours provides cultural and historical sightseeing tours of Memphis
focusing on the contributions of African Americans.

The WC Handy HeritageAwards
THE MAN. THE MUSIC. THE MOVEMENT.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2023 in Downtown Memphis

The W.C. Handy Heritage Awards will celebrate the 150th Birthday of W. C. Handy, "Father of the Blues." Presented by the W. C. Handy Memphis Home & Museum and Heritage Tours, the black-tie musical extravaganza honors "Authentic Beale Street Musicians." This event will be an evening filled with great entertainment and recognition. The awards will be held Sunday, December 3, 2023 at the Halloran at the Orpheum, 225 So. Main St. at 5:00 pm.

 

In celebrating W. C. Handy's 150th Birthday, the Handy Awards will give special honors to world-renown Jazz musician, Wynton Marsalis with the "Lifetime Music Achievement Award." The McKinney Family Trio, Kurl, Alvin and Paul, will receive the Music Legacy Award. Additional honorees include the Memphis Jazz Workshop members Stephen Lee, Michael Scott and Johnny Yancey as well as the Memphis Gospel Workshop of America (Memphis Chapter). Also receiving awards are R&B and Soul Singer, Larry Springfield and "Beale Street Blues Diva" Joyce Henderson. 

To purchase two or more  tickets at once, call (901) 527-3427 or email us at heritagetours@bellsouth.net.

W.C. HANDY PARK

W.C. Handy Park & Memphis Museum

Step back in time with a tour of W.C. Handy Park and the Beale Street Historic District.

THE LORRAINE MOTEL

National Civil Rights Museum

Explore the history and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement with a tour of the Lorraine Motel and National Civil Rights Museum.

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STAX 
MUSEUM

 

Soulsville, USA

The Stax Museum in Memphis is a soulful time capsule, preserving the legacy of iconic musicians like Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes, showcasing their music and the history of Stax Records. 

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SLAVE HAVEN UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM

Slave Haven

Slave Haven, also known as the Burkle Estate, is a hauntingly powerful historical site in Memphis that offers a glimpse into the Underground Railroad's secret network. Visitors can explore hidden passages and rooms that once provided refuge for people seeking freedom.

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WHAT  TO EXPECT 

Educational Experience: Our tours are carefully curated to provide historical context and insight into the African American experience in Memphis. They are designed to engage and inform visitors of all ages.

 

Experienced Guides: Our knowledgeable guides are passionate about Memphis's history and are dedicated to providing an immersive and informative tour experience.

 

Group-Friendly: Whether you're a school group, church group, or youth group, our tours are suitable for all ages and group sizes. We can tailor the experience to meet the specific needs and interests of your group.

 

Promoting Cultural Awareness: Our tours promote cultural awareness, foster discussions on social justice, and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the cultural fabric of Memphis.

Memphis's African American heritage is a source of pride and inspiration, and Heritage Tours invite you to connect with this rich legacy. Come join us for an unforgettable journey through history, culture, and the enduring spirit of Memphis, Tennessee.

OUR REVIEWS

As a photographer, I recently visited Memphis and was honored to be on the Heritage Tour. The tour guide brilliantly depicted the knowledge and strength of rich history and the led us down a journey into our ancestors past. We were teary eyed and moved with deep emotion, learning what many in the South went through so that we could have the privileges we benefit from today.

This tour is a must for all those who visit Memphis.
I absolutely loved it.

-Master Focus Media
Oh my goodness Mr. Oscar was amazing! We went on a tour  for our family reunion in the area and we were all enchanted by the way he explained historic Memphis to our family! I can’t believe how interesting he was the entire time! He answered questions and took the time to explain everything in such an interesting way! If you are going to Memphis, take this tour! It was truly awesome!
Our family really enjoyed it!
-M. Pete
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