Remembering JFK

JFK, the name conjures the days of Camelot. Relive the life of America’s youngest elected president and see the worldwide memorials that followed John F. Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.

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In 1963, nearly 300,000 protestors headed to the nation's capital for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was a step in the right direction for passing the Civil Rights Act of1964. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his memorable 'I Have a Dream' speech at this spot on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington in 1963. 960 1280

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On March 30, 1965, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King led protestors in a march from Selma, AL, to the capitol in Montgomery to fight for black voting rights. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. slept in Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, on the night before he was assassinated while standing on the hotel's balcony in 1968. 960 1280

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The Lorraine Motel is now home to the National Civil Rights Museum, which chronicles the civil rights movement and provides opportunities to learn more about peace and justice in our world. 960 1280

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Visitors pay their respects to Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King at the crypt at the King Center in Atlanta. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. was the pastor at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage in Montgomery, AL, between 1954 and 1960. Today, you can take a tour of the church and parsonage, both National Historic Landmarks. 960 1280

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Two great civil rights leaders are celebrated at the intersection of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Detroit. 960 1280

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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati celebrates our country's civil rights heroes from the days of slavery and the Underground Railroad to modern times. 960 1280

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In 1955, Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man. This action rocked the country and sparked another battle in the war for civil rights. Today, the public can step on the bus where it all began at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. 960 1280

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The Rosa Parks Museum tells the tale of the 'victory ride' and the 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system that happened after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus. 960 1280

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Rosa Parks passed away in 2005 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. preached about nonviolence and peace from the pulpit of the original Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, which was across the street from the new sanctuary on the grounds of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site. 960 1280

  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

In October 2011, after more than 2 decades of planning, the MLK Memorial opened in Washington, DC. Critics were unhappy with “drum major” quote abbreviation (pictured); the Department of Interior has since announced the quote will be removed. 960 1280

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Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation

Take a journey back in time and visit Civil War landmarks and plantations, which showcase the city’s rich history. Tour the 30-acre Belle Meade Plantation, which includes a visitors center, cabin, carriage house, winery, diary, stable, mausoleum and reconstructed slave quarters. The estate started as a small farm in the early 1800s and grew into a site for boarding and breeding Thoroughbred horses. As the plantation flourished, its resident family would soon become one of the largest slave owners in Nashville. 960 1280

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Music City Walk of Fame

Music City Walk of Fame

Take a stroll along the Music City Walk of Fame in downtown Nashville. Since the Walk was established in 2006, it’s grown to include nearly 50 names -- including 2009 inductee Josh Turner. 960 1280

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Nashville Pedal Tavern

Nashville Pedal Tavern

Take a 2-hour bar crawl on a 16-person bicycle. Nashville Pedal Tavern provides bikes to rent, a cooler, ice and cups, but patrons must bring their own beverages. Throw caution to the wind and take one of several bike routes, including options outside the Lower Broadway district, to explore the city’s bars, restaurants and shops. 960 1280
Parthenon

Parthenon

See this symbol of ancient Greece -- in Nashville’s Centennial Park. This full-scale replica of the Parthenon was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tennessee’s statehood. Nashville’s reputation as the “Athens of the South” (the city is home to many colleges and universities) sparked the idea for the replica. 960 1280

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Lane Motor Museum

Lane Motor Museum

Nashville is home to the largest collection of European cars and motorcycles in the US. The Lane Motor Museum features more than 330 automobiles -- such as this 1923 model built by Czechoslovakian manufacturer Tatra as one of the first “people’s cars” envisioned by designer Hans Ledwinka. 960 1280

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General Jackson Showboat

General Jackson Showboat

Relive America’s riverboat days aboard the General Jackson, one of the largest showboats in America. Take in views of the Cumberland River from any of the 4 massive decks, and enjoy live country music from a 2-story Victorian theater. The riverboat is named for US president Andrew Jackson. 960 1280

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Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo

See this African elephant at the Nashville Zoo, just 6 miles southeast of downtown Nashville. The 200-acre grounds are home to other endangered animal species as well, including the hyacinth macaw parrot, the Puerto Rican crested toad and the Bengal tiger. 960 1280

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore a uniquely American musical sound at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The $37,000,000-facility illustrates country music’s evolution over 2 centuries. Hear the museum’s historic sound collection, which includes 98% of all country music tracks ever made before World War II. 960 1280

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Belmont Mansion

Belmont Mansion

This Italian villa-style summer home was built in 1849 by one of the wealthiest women of the antebellum South. Adelicia Acklen lived here almost until the end of her life, in 1887. Today, Belmont Mansion is the largest house museum in Tennessee. 960 1280

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Johnny Cash Museum

Johnny Cash Museum

Are you fan of country singer Johnny Cash? Then don’t miss out on visiting this museum, one of Nashville’s newest attractions. Explore the Founder’s Suite to see some of the music icon’s rare memorabilia and antique furniture. The museum also functions as a multipurpose event space. 960 1280
The District

The District

Discover Nashville’s live music scene in the District. The downtown area, around Broadway and 2nd Avenue, is home to many bars, restaurants, dance halls and concert venues. Live music performances go until 3 a.m. on weekends. 960 1280

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Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry

Pay a visit to country music’s most famous stage -- otherwise known as the Grand Ole Opry. The weekly performances have been going strong since 1925. Big-time names such as the Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts have performed here. 960 1280

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The Hermitage

The Hermitage

Tour one of the best-preserved homes of a US president. After retiring from public life, Andrew Jackson lived on this sprawling 1,000-acre plantation home known as the Hermitage. See Jackson’s personal artifacts inside, such as pistols, watches and swords. 960 1280

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RCA Studio B

RCA Studio B

Music fans will enjoy exploring this historic studio, where many famous artists — including Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and the Everly Brothers — recorded some of their biggest hits, transforming Nashville into Music City. Now renovated and restored, RCA Studio B is also used as a classroom for local students learning the science of sound and recording technology. 960 1280

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Tennessee State Museum

Tennessee State Museum

Visit one of the largest state museums in America. Spanning over 60,000 square feet, the Tennessee State Museum explores the state's history, from pre-colonial days to modern times. The museum houses an impressive Civil War collection, one of the largest in the nation. 960 1280

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Frist Center for Visual Arts

Frist Center for Visual Arts

There’s always something new to see at the Frist Center for Visual Arts. The art-exhibition center sees new art flow into its Art Deco building every 6 to 8 weeks. Exhibitions focus on visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major US and international artists. 960 1280

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Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, from 1943 to 1974. It then fell into disrepair -- until singer Emmylou Harris held several concerts in the 2,362-seat venue. Since its renovation in 1994, Ryman has hosted many world-class performers -- from Aretha Franklin to Annie Lennox. 960 1280

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Printer’s Alley

Printer’s Alley

Welcome to Printer’s Alley, the famous area in downtown Nashville that’s home to numerous bars, nightclubs and restaurants. In the early 1900s, Printer’s Alley was a prominent hub for newspapers, print shops and book publishers. 960 1280

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Woodhouse Day Spa

Woodhouse Day Spa

Take a short 30-minute drive from Nashville to relax and rejuvenate at the Woodhouse Day Spa in Franklin, TN. As one of the best spas in the area, this award-winning facility offers a variety of services, including day packages, signature facials, sleep treatments, massage therapy and body treatments such as a 50-minute wild lavender and seaweed sugar glow. Sounds divine! 960 1280

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