This tiny house stands as a reminder of both a dark period in American history and the efforts of many to remedy the wrongs ... More
Slavehaven Underground Railroad Museum
This tiny house stands as a reminder of both a dark period in American history and the efforts of many to remedy the wrongs of slavery. A merchant named Jacob Burkle, who ran a stockyard before the American Civil War, provided a haven for many runaway slaves on their journey through the "Underground Railroad". Here you can see where they waited for the instructions that helped them find their way across the Mississippi River to freedom.
This museum is so small that we passed it. It is an understated golden nugget of info. To actually touch and see the underground railroad is life changing. Saw this along with National Civil Rights Museum.
This place really opened my eyes to how slavery truely was. The most bone chilling part was the cellar. We had to sit in the cellar quietly in order to not get "caught". This was a wonderful experience for me and my family. We will definitely take another trip there!
Even if you don't listen to a word of the tour narration, the historical objects, displays and the documents there simply speak for themselves - at least they did for me. The museum is quaint and unobtrusive. It is not a large museum - it is an underground railroad house - go figure. This museum is very unlike the civil rights museum at the Lorraine Motel. This museum looks like next to nothing at all from the street - almost ghostly and alone and off the beaten path - not a Hollywood production. This museum is certainly not in a rich Memphis neighborhood. Visiting the house might not exactly lift one's spirits - it is a bitter lesson for anyone with a conscious. It takes a kind of courage to go there and proceed through the tour itself which is far too close. I listened to the story that is told in this museum and read the documents and saw the artifacts. Put yourself there for a short time and confront a perspective and part of our society and history there - the after-effect is priceless. In the end, I was not distracted or put off by the museum's humble presentation. It was what it should be. If you are alive it is hard not to feel the message if not touch it when inside. I tried to fight back tears and anger but some got through - in a way it broke my heart. This place is evocative.
I recently toured the Burkle Estate in Memphis TN.
At the very beginning of the tour, the guide presented several untruths as fact. First he talked about how Katrina did not flood New Orleans, but that the US Government blew up the levees to keep the wealthy white neighborhoods in New Orleans from flooding. During this same segment of the tour, he stated that the black slave was still taking care of Nathan Bedford Forrest today by polishing his statue in downtown Memphis.
I was so offended by these and other statements that it was somewhat difficult to enjoy the rest of the tour. This person obviously has an agenda and uses his job as tour guide to present lies as if they were fact. Slavery was unspeakable horrible and needs no embellishment. To use embellishments like he does is a disgrace to all former slaves, and also, to all who participated in the Underground Railroad.
Our Tour Guide (a college student) was very friendly and knowledgeable.
I like History and she answered every question I asked. I'm happy the home was restored to preserve history. I enjoyed all of it!
Our tour guide explained photos of abolitionists, patterns on quilts and how slaves escaped to seek freedom. How the slaves lived under a house for a week to rest and to be nourished to start their journey again towards freedom.
The souvenir shop had a wealth of material and info to leave with.
For $6 it was worth it and I recommended it to all my family and friends!
This was truly informative. Enjoyed all of it. The items there reminded me of how simple life used to be. We were more appreciative of the things that we had and we shared with one another. Everything is so commercial and convenient. We don't use our brain when it comes to improvising...everything has to be at our feet. We made the best out of a bad situation. I loved this tour. I took my 9 year old niece and she indicated that she really enjoyed this tour. Said she learned a lot about our history.
I really enjoyed my visit here. Our guide was very insightful and shared a wealth of information on black history. What she told us about the house and how it was used and seeing it firsthand especially the trap door and cellar where the runaway slaves hid was amazing to see and feel. I would recommend a visit here!
Our tour guide appeared knowledgeable about black history but after hearing what he said about N B Forrest , I had to question anything he said afterwards. Forrest was a slave owner but he treated his slaves with respect and wouldn't split up familes. Hunderds of Blacks came and wepted at his funeral for the good he did in making amends after the war. Off course slavery was wrong but that was a different era and some slave owners treated their slaves awful but Forrest wasn't one of them. I just think people that are giving history tours need to do their research before they presnt something as fact. Other statments he made I find hard to believe but I will not comment until I do some research. Another problem everytime someone else came to the door he had to stop the tour even though others appeared to be on staff. I did find the house to be interesting.
Much has been done to revitalize downtown Memphis. Belz Enterprises, owner and restorers of the Peabody Hotel , have been
responsible for much of the development and improvement. Belz' newest endeavor, Peabody Place is intended to be a mixed ...
At Mud Island,trace the twists and turns of the Mississippi River following the River Walk. Learn about the shipping of
cotton on the river and the musical history made in cities along the river, from New Orleans Jazz to ...
This is it—the second most visited house in the United States—preserved exactly as when Elvis Presley lived here, complete with
the Jungle Room and shag carpeting. Elvis' grave is also here and can be viewed free. Additionally, you can ...
*Terms & Conditions: Savings calculation is based on Flight + Hotel vacation package bookings for a 3 month period for 2 adults with a 2+ night length of stay compared to price of the same components if booked separately during same period. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, travel dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.