Memphis is the Home of the Blues and the
Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Expect fabulous music, great food and captivating history.

We’ll be staying in the heart of it all, at the South’s Grand Hotel — The Peabody.
And who knows, when we head down the road a bit to Graceland, you may just see The King!

Compelling programming

Visiting the National Civil Rights Museum has been a life-changing experience for some.

Housed in and around the Lorraine Motel — the site of the Rev. Martin Luther King', Jr.’s assassination — the museum provides an immersive experience and helps visitors understand better the civil rights struggles of yesterday and today.

Before touring the museum, you’ll hear a compelling discussion concerning one of 2017’s most challenging civil rights issues, with nationally prominent speakers exploring police-community relations and police-involved shootings. Learn more now.

The Peabody

First time visitors may come to see the famous Peabody Ducks, but those attending events such as the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents will enjoy the luxurious guest rooms, the first-class service and the inviting lobby, which serves as a warm and welcoming living room where guest gather and network. Make sure to make your reservations soon by calling 901-529-4000.

Going to Graceland

No civilized person visits The Cultural Center Of The Universe without a pilgrimage to the Home of the King.

Before your (theoretically) optional tour of Graceland Saturday, you’ll start the morning with an interactive interview and discussion of the life, times, and music of Sam Phillips, the man who invented Rock ‘n’ Roll and discovered Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Howlin’ Wolf. Music writer Peter Guralnick, Elvis’ definitive biographer and the author of a new and widely-acclaimed Sam Phillips biography, will be interviewed by Robert Gordon, himself a great music writer, the author of a fine biography of Muddy Waters, and a TV and film producer.

And then you’ll receive an education on the impact of The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll on the law. No kidding. Learn more now.


Dining Experiences That Will Stay in Your Memory!

As sophisticated Southerners, all SCBP members know Memphis as The Mother City of Barbecue. (Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker. You can look it up.) So shoulder and ribs (pork, of course) are on the menu.

But that’s not all. You’ll have an opportunity Friday night to sample Memphis’ hot restaurant scene, choosing among fabulous presentations by Memphis chefs of French and Louisiana cuisine, sushi, authentic Italian, and more.

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Optional Activities

Optional Activities

So much to do and so little time! Memphis is filled with fun and unique venues and activities, ranging from the Brooks Art Museum to the FedEx Global Operations Center to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Take a look at your options and see which fit your interests.