“how cotton changed the south”
It's easy to fit a tour of the Cotton Museum into your schedule. We're located in the heart of downtown Memphis with ample parking nearby. And our small scale and open floor plan allows you to explore the museum at your leisure and see as much as you choose to see. Memphis was founded in 1812 on the Mississippi River's fourth Chickasaw Bluff as a shipping port for both cotton and the African slaves whose hard labor was the foundation of the southern economy. As the city bourgeoned into a global hub of Cotton Commerce a vast group of people were drawn here in search of work. Merchants, insurers, aspiring entrepreneurs, former slaves, sharecroppers, and laborers migrated to Memphis from across the south. Included among their ranks were the artists, musicians and story-tellers that helped shape our culture. They came seeking not only economic opportunity, but the chance to share their voices with a diverse and rapidly expanding audience. Through language, music, and art they told created legends, heralded change, and shed light on injustice.
Not much of interest. Does not entertain children and the hands on displays were all broke
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The Cotton Museum
- Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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