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The founder of Piggly Wiggly built a mansion covered in pink marble, then took a hit from Wall Street and ended up donating his Pink Palace to the city of Memphis. Is it any wonder that such a place houses everything from a replica of Saunderson’s first grocery store built in 1916 to a shrunken head?
Not to mention dinosaurs–one that roars and moves!
And since it’s Memphis, there’s got to be Elvis. We loved that posters of the King of Rock and Roll lurked just outside the display of Victorian Era women’s fashions.
More awkward is the fact that the Palace celebrates Memphis’s history, and that this history includes slavery. There’s an uncomfortable display and disquieting disclaimer that slaves were treated better in Memphis than in other southern cities. Um, it’s slavery –that’s always terrible.
Still, it’s history, and can’t be ignored. And never should be.
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