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Exploring Memphis (Date #10 with Jeff), Part 2

After leaving St. Michael Catholic Church, Jeff and I were making our way to see Martyrs Park. There was one little bitty problem: we had no idea where it was. Okay, we had *some* idea, but the thought of driving aimlessly just didn’t sit well with our Type-A personalities so we made a pit-stop at the Visitors Center (where the statues of Elvis & B.B. King are the welcoming committee) for one of their Memphis attractions books. Problem solved.

Martyrs Park

Entrance to the park

Martyrs Park

Historic marker

Martyrs Park

Yellow Fever Memorial, Martyrs Park

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Martyrs Park

Marker at the base of the memorial
“In grateful memory of the sacrifice of the heroes and heroines of Memphis in the 1870s, who gave their lives serving the victims of Yellow Fever.

Thousand died and thousand fled during several epidemics. The last one, in 1879, devastated the city, leaving few survivors.

The acts of love and courage, far beyond the call of duty, merited the gratitude and admiration of the citizens of Memphis, and of the world, as history revealed the story.

“Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends” – John 15:13

Martyrs Park

View of the Memphis-Arkansas Memorial Bridge (aka “Old Bridge”) and Mississippi River

Martyrs Park

Beautiful homes near the memorial (close to the park entrance)
These homes face the memorial and Mississippi River

Martyrs Park

More beautiful homes near the memorial

The day was sunny with a nice, cool breeze. Couldn’t resist suggesting we drop by “our” park a few miles away.

Jeff had a blanket in the car so we picked a nice shade and laid down to watch joggers, doggies and their owners/walkers, and barges pass by. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make moments special.

Island Park

Island Park in Harbor Town Square

Island Park

This is the same exact park we watched the sunset during Date #2

Island Park

Definitely a wonderful park to spend a few hours
(My personal fave here in Memphis is Confederate Park in downtown)

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