Beale Street Becomes
A National Landmark

May 13, 1966

I think that as long as there is Memphis and as long as we have Beale Street, there’ll always be the good blues music. Handy’s music is not ever going to die.

– Clarinetist George Lewis as Beale Street wins designation as a national landmark by the federal government.


Beale Street, with its music clubs and restaurants, has become a major tourist attraction and is the site of many festivals and outdoor celebrations. A few of these events including the Mardi Gras and St. Patricks Parades, the Beale Street Wine Race, Memphis Jams on Beale and the Big Wheel Race on Beale.

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