It was the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.
Memphis is the location of Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley and one of the most-visited tourist attractions in the United States. In 2017, a new $45 million entertainment center featuring the work of Elvis opened across the street from his residence.
Memphis is the headquarters of FedEx (formerly Federal Express), one of two major companies (along with UPS) in the package shipping industry. It is also the location of St. Jude Hospital, the world-renowned children's hospital known for caring for children regardless of parents' ability to pay.
The LDS Church operates the Memphis Tennessee Temple in the city. However, as is common among American Southern cities, Protestantism is the dominant religion. The Church of God in Christ, a Pentecostal denomination with predominantly African-American membership, is based in Memphis. It was also the home of Bellevue Baptist Church, a large Southern Baptist megachurch (best known for its renowned pastor Adrian Rogers), before the congregation relocated to the suburb of Cordova.