Religious Walking Tour of Memphis, Memphis

The churches of Memphis have seen much hardship, from slavery to racism to yellow fever epidemics, yet they have withstood these trials, as have the American people. On this tour, you will see the oldest church in Memphis, the First United Methodist Church. You will find out why St.Mary's is associated with Martin Luther King's death and much more.
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Religious Walking Tour of Memphis Map

Guide Name: Religious Walking Tour of Memphis
Guide Location: USA » Memphis (See other walking tours in Memphis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: val
St. Patrick's Catholic Church

1) St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Located on the corner of Fourth and Lindon Street, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church was established by Father Matthew Riordan in 1866. The building has a school on the first floor and a church on the second floor. Tuition cost is based on family income and the number of dependents. In addition, programs are available for families who need additional assistance with tuition costs.

Education and serving the community are the foundation of the church. Some of the programs they offer are the St....   view more
First Baptist Beale Street Church

2) First Baptist Beale Street Church

The First Baptist Beale Street Church was the first and largest black church in Memphis. It is also one of the first churches built by black people. The church came about when parishioners left their former church due to unhappiness with their former church’s doctrines. In 1865, the first structure was built.

After receiving a donation of land from the American Baptist Home Mission Society of New York in 1871, the cornerstone was for laid for the current church. In 1877, construction of...   view more
St. Peter's Catholic Church

3) St. Peter's Catholic Church

St. Peter’s Catholic Church was the first Roman Catholic Church in West Tennessee. It was founded in 1840 and built between 1852 and 1855 by the descendants of the Shelby Early Settlers. Architect Patrick C. Keely designed the house of worship. It is one of the oldest surviving structures in Memphis. The church is located at the intersection of Adams Avenue and North Third Street.

The church design reflects a Gothic influence. A visit to the place of worship is worth it just to see the...   view more
Trinity Lutheran Church

4) Trinity Lutheran Church

Located on Washington Avenue, Trinity Lutheran Church was founded by German immigrants who wished to worship God without restrictions. The church originally offered worship services in German and operated a local school to preserve their language and native culture. German-only services were offered until 1910, when the congregation, which was no longer solely German, requested services in English. German was only used for Christmas and other special events. The school was closed in 1912.

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First United Methodist Church

5) First United Methodist Church

The year is 1826. Memphis is a small hamlet with a population of five hundred people. The streets are mud, and women are seldom seen outside of the home. It is the first Sunday of February. Reverend Thomas P. Davidson is holding a worship service for a small society of Methodists. It is the first church of any religious denomination in the city of Memphis. Over the years, the First United Methodist Church has had more worshipers than any other church in...   view more
First Presbyterian Church

6) First Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church, organized in 1828, became the second congregation in the young city of Memphis. In 1832, the city gave the church, as a gift, the site at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Third Street, where it stands to this day. The fate of this church closely parallels that of Memphis. The church’s early years of growth were broken off by the Civil War, then a yellow fever epidemic took the life of its pastor, the Rev. Henry Bowman, while he was ministering to the...   view more
St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

7) St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church was founded by the Ladies’ Educational and Missionary Society of Calvary Church in 1857. It was the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee until 1982. It is now the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee. W. Hasley Wood was the architect.

The white-stone structure features an English Gothic design. One of the most stunning elements of the church is the altar, Constance and Her Companions, which pays homage to nuns and priests who died in the Epidemic of 1878.

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Walking Tours in Memphis, Tennessee

Create Your Own Walk in Memphis

Create Your Own Walk in Memphis

Creating your own self-guided walk in Memphis is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Night Club Tour of Memphis

Night Club Tour of Memphis

Let this night be the one you'll never forget! Warm up with a salsa at the Rumba Room. Get into a heated discussion about what you think is the best beer in the world at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. Visit Alfred's, the best dance club on Beale Street! Feel the spirit of the South at the Hard Rock Cafe! Life is too short to sleep! Take this night club walking tour to feel "the music of the night" in amazing Memphis!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

One of the most iconic destinations in the U.S., the city of Memphis has gone down in history for many different reasons. Thousands of tourists flock to the city each year out of desire to visit Sun Studio where Elvis made his early recordings, or to take a stroll down the Beale, or to stop by the National Civil Rights Museum and honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To find your way around these and other major attractions of Memphis, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Downtown Walking Tour of Memphis

Downtown Walking Tour of Memphis

Downtown Memphis, located on the Mississippi River, is the oldest part of the city. Start your self-guided tour at the Fire Museum of Memphis, then head to the Peabody Hotel to see the "Peabody Ducks." Visit a classic movie palace, then honor a U.S. civil hero and view the Memphis skyline from Tom Lee Park on this tour of Memphis' downtown highlights.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Elvis Presley Walking Tour of Memphis

Elvis Presley Walking Tour of Memphis

Memphis is the city of Elvis Presley, and serves as a shrine of sorts to the King. Even though Presley died in 1977, his fans continue to flock to Memphis to pay their respects to the man and his music. This tour takes you to view the school and house of Elvis Presley, as well as the legendary Sun Studio where Elvis recorded. Dress at the same shop as Elvis did! Check out the Gibson Guitars that Elvis used to play! Take this tour and follow in the footsteps of Elvis!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km
Famous Architecture Self-Guided Tour of Memphis

Famous Architecture Self-Guided Tour of Memphis

Taking this self-guided tour, you will become familiar not only with Memphis's most beautiful historic architecture, such as the Magevney House and the Mallory-Neely House, but you will also learn how to find your way around the asphalt jungle of downtown Memphis. 100 North Main and the Sterick and Dermon Buildings, the tallest buildings in Memphis, will become your guides as you navigate the city. So come discover the past and don't get lost in the present!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Memphis Blues Walking Tour

Memphis Blues Walking Tour

Visit Beale Street, the cradle of Memphis blues. Find out about the first jug bands at the Old Daisy Theatre. See the famous washtub bass! Learn about the musical instruments, such as the kazoo and guimbarde! Check out W.C. Handy's statue. Enjoy the famous "Woke Up This Morning," "Please Love Me," and other hits of B.B. King at his blues club. Take this tour and empathize with record producer Sam Phillips, who called the Memphis blues "the type of music I'm looking for."

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km