JUNE 8 @ 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Come celebrate the vibrant history of the Lorraine Motel for the benefit of the National Civil Rights Museum. Step back in time with an evening of food, music and fun reminiscent of the Lorraine Motel – which counted B.B. King, Nat King Cole, “Count” Basie, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the MG’s, Satchel Page and Jackie Robinson among its many famous guests.

You will experience:

GOOD Music & Fun:

  • On the Main Stage is Stefanie Bolton
  • "Club Lorraine" with Gerald Richardson & Friends, Larry Springfield, Will Davenport, Brandon Orr and DJ Crystal
  • Susan Marshall and DJ Mary the K
  • Virtual Reality Experience
  • AlivePaint with Jamond Bullock
  • Silent Disco and DJ KP
  • Silent auction with a chance to bid on spa or golf vacation, art, airline tickets, and more
  • PhotoLab



  • Char
  • Rendezvous
  • Hattie B's Hot Chicken
  • Rizzo's
  • Southern Table Catering/Formerly Belle's Southern Bistro
  • Big Momma's & Granny's Catering
  • Crumpy's Wings and More
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Starbucks Coffee
  • MemPops
  • The Frosted Oven
  • Cupcake Cuties
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes

Tickets - $100 | VIP Tickets $175
$125 at the door, general Admission only

VIP Ticket Benefits include:

  • VIP Pre-Event Experience at 6pm
  • Free Valet Parking
  • Special Event SWAG Bag
  • VIP Seating in the Courtyard with Private Bar (no waiting)


Valet Parking

Worry-free, valet parking is conveniently available for advance purchase, so you can get to the celebration sooner.  The fee is only $10 for the night.  Just remember to print your receipt info and place it in your dashboard for the event. Click below to purchase.


the Lorraine Motel

We celebrate the Lorraine Motel and successful African American entrepreneurs, Walter and Loree Bailey, who developed this once growing and thriving business. For Memphians, it was an elegant place for weddings, family celebrations and proms. For travelers, it was a safe place to stay in the segregated South, as noted in the Green Book – a traveler’s handbook and guide that identified safe lodging and food establishments for African Americans. 

Imagine those days and nights, with music and laughter filling the air -  good food, good friends, good times! If you listen hard enough, you can hear Wilson Pickett’s “The Midnight Hour” and Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood,” both composed at the Lorraine.

Street closures:

  • Butler Ave. between S. Main and Mulberry;
  • Huling Ave. between S. Main and St. Martin St.; and
  • Mulberry between G.E. Patterson and Butler Ave.


Silent Auction online & onsite:

The silent auction will be chockful of  wonderful items! There’s something for everyone!  Guests may bid at the event from 7:00-10:00pm, OR online.  Items will be available for online bidding before the event. Auction items will also be on display at the museum, giving guests a chance to bid on special packages including an all-inclusive Los Cabos vacation, Nantucket vacation home, art by Jamond Bullock, Southwest Airlines tickets, Chef Phillip Ashley package, Google Home system, Dell laptop and monitor, and more.  To see all auction items and to register for the silent auction online, click below.  Bidding opens on June 8.



Museum President
Terri Lee Freeman

Event Visioneer/Project Director

Jeanette O'Bryant

Event Chair
Sherita Beard Lee

Event C0-Chair
Terrence O. Reed

Decorating & Event Décor
Valarie Orr

Event Committee Members

Edwyna Bonner

Kyle Gowen

Joy T. Brown

Kelsey Hamilton

Stanton Brown

Deborah Henderson

Dr. Carol Champion

Tiffany Jackson

Keith Collins

Seth Jewell

Meredith Davis

Jamie McGriff

Joy Doss

Faith Pollan

Sara Flowers-Dent

Makita Surgeon

Tannera Gibson

Terez Wilson