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John M.

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Being the newest member of the Memphis ToursByLocals team it is a pleasure to offer experiences that will introduce you to this fascinating area.

By nature I am an historian so the tours I traditionally offer highlight the past of Memphis, its birth and cotton-fueled explosive growth, decimation by yellow fever and resulting resurgence. To quote Southern vernacular, you will be "properly Introduced" to my city, my area, its rich history and its colorful cast of characters.

As fascinating as Memphis is, you may also want to experience the West Tennessee Old South homes and antebellum plantation estates of those who lived and built during the "Moonlight and Magnolias" era when cotton was king of the Southern and the American economy.

The tours I have selected are designed to be personal and thought provoking. Being a fifth generation Mid-Southerner I have a passion to teach you about our local culture, the how and why we exist as a people, to introduce you to who we are by examining who we were and how we became the city you are visiting. Let me confirm a couple of stereotypes of Southern hospitality and story telling while together we discover the charms of my community.

Wherever possible, my tours have some built in flexibility which allows customization around your specific interests. Message me with any questions and interests and I will recommend any changes and additions that will personalize your tour.

A Recent Review of this guide

I have traveled and toured all over the world for many years and never have I had a more fascinating tour by such a competent and interesting guide. I highly recommend John's customized tours as my experience was expertly customized for my specific interests. John is very knowledgeable of the southern United States; however his own worldly travels and business relationships add much flavor and context to his tours, especially for the international traveler.
Juliette Laurent

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BA, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Phoenix, AZ
Fifth Generation Mid-Southerner
Local Historian


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