Cultural History of the Mid-South

Immerse yourself in the history of the people and cultures that shaped Memphis and the Mid-South.

Learn about Native Americans who lived in the Mid-South. Marvel at an extraordinary collection of finely crafted tools, Native American pottery and other remnants of a complex civilization on the Mississippi. Follow the story of Memphis from its birth as a frontier river town to its emergence as a vital Victorian Era city. Slavery and emancipation, disease and medicine, privilege and persecution are brought to life through objects of everyday life and extraordinary events. Explore a reconstructed log cabin from the 1840’s. See the effects of the Civil War and Yellow Fever on this region. Explore the history of medicine, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy in Memphis.