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  • Located at 191 Beale St. & Hwy 61 at FedExForum [map]
  • Open daily 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Last tour at 6:15 p.m.)
  • Call 901-205-2533 for more information or shoot us an email.

Rural Culture Gallery

In the rural communities of the Mississippi Delta, daily life was a mixture of hard work, economic exploitation, segregation, deep religious faith, and music.  Music echoed and led the rhythms of work, lent comfort, and embodied hopes and dreams.  Mechanization, agricultural chemicals, and government policies destroyed the centuries-old cycle of planting, plowing, chopping, and picking-leaving an entire class of people without work.  The rural refugees who found a home in Memphis and sowed the seeds of what would become, by mid-century, a musical and cultural revolution.

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The Mission of the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum is to Preserve and Tell the Story of Memphis Music and to perpetuate its legacy.