The museum is well-designed and full of information. Corrie and Ben were too young to appreciate much of it - there was a lot of reading involved - but Evan took it all in.
When Emmett was explaining nonviolence and what happened in the Montgomery bus boycott, Evan commented "the black people sure were smarter than the white people." It was striking - and disturbing - to see images of fire hoses and dogs, and videos of people hitting and jeering at students as they sat quietly at lunch counters. It was hard to know how to explain those actions to our kids.
The tour ends at the hotel room that Dr. King was staying in before he was shot. The wreath on the balcony marks where he stood.
I highly recommend this museum for anyone visiting Memphis.
That night, we stopped for pizza to honor Emmett's brother Elliott's birthday.
The next day, we drove to Chicago!
We stopped along the way for lunch at a rest area. This was actually one of our best decisions for the trip. In an effort to save money, we planned to buy only one meal a day while driving. Otherwise, we would eat the free continental breakfast at the hotel and carry snacks and a picnic lunch. This worked GREAT. I bought juice boxes, goldfish crackers, fruit, chips, etc. and we made sandwiches each morning. Our daily drives were shorter because we weren't stopping as much, and our gas station visits were a lot quicker (and had much LESS whining!) because we already had snacks available. The rest areas also gave the kids a chance to stretch their legs.
Do you think the kids were tired of sitting? :)
Memphis was Day 4 and the drive to Chicago was Day 5 of our vacation. Next up: Arlington Heights.