With a population of more than 652,000, Memphis is the largest city in the state of Tennessee. While Memphis generally conjures thoughts of Elvis and Graceland, or Beale Street and the blues, Memphis is also home to three different Fortune 500 companies: FedEx Corporation, AutoZone Incorporated, and International Paper. The Memphis International Airport, which serves as a hub for FedEx and Delta Airlines, is also in the central part of the city.
Downtown Memphis overlooks the Mississippi River, while the rest of the city heads into the southwest part of the state between northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas. Several notable parks are scattered throughout the city, Overton Park and Shelby Farms most prominently.
Memphis has many cultural exhibits and events such as the Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis in May, Carnival Memphis, The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and the Memphis International Film & Music Festival. In fact, Memphis is the home of founders and pioneers of a number of popular music genres such as gospel, rock n’ roll, crunk and Memphis blues. Several game-changing musicians also got their start in Memphis during the 1950s and ’60s, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, and Carl Perkins.
In south downtown, you will find an art neighborhood that has undergone a major transformation over the past 20 years. From a brothel and juke joint neighborhood to a well-lit, nicely paved street center, be sure to check out The South Main Arts District where you will find folks strolling down the street to see the fire spinners, specialty shops, galleries, and DJs playing outside in front of clubs. In addition to South Main, Broad Street is another art district in development that hosts semiannual art walks that provide student art shows and local music.
No matter what your interests are, you are bound to find something appealing in Memphis!