Academic Decathlon Tours Key Historical Sites from the 1960s

Members of the Academic Decathlon team visited Little Rock and Memphis as part of our study of the 1960s. We toured Central High School, now a National Park site and home of the Little Rock Nine, and saw one of the Congressional Medals of Honor that they were awarded at the Clinton Presidential Library.

In Memphis, we visited the Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated and which now is home to the National Civil Rights museum. We walked Beale street, the site of many African American owned businesses and home to many musical legends like B. B. King.

We topped off our visit with a tour of the STAX Museum of American Soul Music. Home to many of the popular recording artists of the 1960s, STAX is now a museum as well as an educational site where young people can study music and explore careers in music.

This trip was a great opportunity to bring the history of the 1960s to life!

Students on the trip: Brittney Chisley, Heather Rodriguez, P.J. Johnson, Samuel Russell, Mary Harris, Abigail Garrett, and Nathaniel Bonts.