Day 6 – Disappearing Lines

June 26th, 2021

This afternoon we arrived in Memphis. As a huge music lover, I have been especially looking forward to visiting Memphis. The first thing we did was visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. One of the things that stood out to me as we walked through the gallery was the absence of racial divisions. Several groups that recorded at Stax consisted of both white and black musicians. They didn’t care about the color of their skin – they simply enjoyed making music together! One of the things I love about music is how it brings people together. It fosters a connection that simple words can’t always provide. Unfortunately, as soon as these musicians walked out the door of the recording studio, those racial walls returned. I am thankful that these musicians had a refuge in challenging times, and I’m sad that Stax had to close its doors in 1975. I’m glad that Stax could pave the way for black musicians in a white-dominated music industry.

Jane Mylin

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