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Southern Footprints ~ Civil Rights & the Blues

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Delve into the history of the South on this nine-night journey aboard American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Countess. From Memphis to New Orleans, step into the past—follow the trail of the Underground Railroad and take in the deep tones of soul and blues music. Start your trip out with an included two-night Memphis Pre-Cruise Program featuring visits to the National Civil Rights Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and other memorable cultural sights. Sail to Terrene Landing and set off for the B.B. King Interpretive Center. In Vicksburg, see Civil War history, then cruise to Natchez, where historic manors and mansions line the lanes. Get a taste of Louisiana’s charm in St. Francisville, with architecture that dominates the National Register of Historic Places. Before your cruise ends in New Orleans, make a stop at Nottoway, one of the largest mansions in the South.