JUNE 9 @ 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:

  • Food inspired by iconic Memphis restaurants and caterers
  • Live music and dancing, featuring your favorite 60s hits
  • Special Club Lorraine variety show
  • Museum experience
  • Silent auction, photo booth, AlivePaint artist and more

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 be on display at the museum.

VIP Tickets include: 

  • Private VIP catered reception prior to the event
  • First access to special museum tour
  • Event swag bag
  • Free valet parking
  • Private outdoor seating and bar service


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The Museum will close at 2:00pm to prepare for this special event. 

Street closures:

  • Butler Ave. between S. Main and Mulberry;
  • Huling Ave. between S. Main and St. Martin St.; and
  • St. Martin St. between Second St. and Butler Ave.



Bounty on Broad
Crumpy's Wings & More
Big Momma's & Granny's Catering
Lunchbox Eats
Nothing Bundt Cakes

Click to learn about the history of the Lorraine in the Museum blog post  and from article written by Allyson Hobbs in The New Yorker.

Special thanks to Walter and Loree Bailey and Family for their vision to create a home-away-from-home, a refuge in the face of Jim Crow and a place to affirm or families, community and culture.  We thank the family of Carolyn Champion, daughter of Walter and Loree Bailey, for providing the special photos for the Lorraine exhibit and program to share this rich history with our event guests.

Event Visioneer/Project Director
Jeanette O'Bryant

Event Chair
Terrence O. Reed

Sponsorship Liason
Sherita Beard Lee

Decorating & Event Décor
Valarie Orr

Event Committee Members

Edwyna Bonner

Tannera Gibson

Joy Brown

Kyle Gowen

Stanton Brown

Kelsey Hamilton

Dr. Carol Champion

Deborah Henderson

Trevia Chatman

Sherica Hymes

Annie Christoff

Tarrin McGhee

Brian Coleman

Jamie McGriff

Keith Collins

Faith Pollan

Cynthia Daniels

Dan Price

Joy Doss

Makita Surgeon

Sara Flowers-Dent

Nicole Thomas

Amber Floyd

Tommie Thompson

Whitney Fogerty

Terez Wilson

Daniel French