Memphis, TN to Little Rock, AR
I walked down to the Mississippi riverfront, symbolic halfway point of my cross-country journey.
Went over to the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Their exhibition was created by the Smithsonian and it’s excellent. It takes the history of Memphis’s music from the 1920s through the 1970s. They have enough musical selections to listen to for hours, and a great audio tour.
One of the points they make is that rock and roll was about the confluence of black and white influences, and was made possible due to social change (more mixing of the races) and technological change (radio, records, jukeboxes, television). Radio and records bypassed segregation.
Crossed the Mississippi into Arkansas and got to Little Rock.
Took a walk through an industrial area to the Rail Yard, an indoor/outdoor bar/restaurant. Or as they call it “a rolling backyard party.”
Had a pulled pork sandwich and stovetop beans. The beans were awesome, the pork sandwich very good.