Dancing With The Czar

February 3, 1872

The 22-year-old son of Russian Czar Alexander II visits to great fanfare. Alexis, the Grand Duke of Russia, danced with Memphis’ young women and was celebrated in grand style, but the newspaper lamented bad weather kept the crowds of curious to a minimum.

Yet, a great deal of interest was manifested in the city’s guest, who was greeted with a spirit befitting his exalted rank.