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VOL. 44 | NO. 23 | Friday, June 5, 2020

Stax Museum to reopen in Memphis after coronavirus closure

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MEMPHIS (AP) — The Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Tennessee said it plans to reopen to the public after closing for three months due to the new coronavirus outbreak.

The Memphis museum said Wednesday that it will start welcoming visitors on June 18. It closed March 18 as officials in Memphis issued coronavirus-related safety orders that shuttered tourist destinations like Stax and Graceland.

Located in Memphis' Soulsville neighborhood, Stax produced records by some of the top soul artists of the 1960s and 1970s, including Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, Carla and Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, Booker T. and the MG's, and others.

The museum features self-guided tours of exhibits about the recording studio's history and memorabilia connected to Stax artists, such as Hayes' flashy Cadillac car.

The reopening includes a new exhibit featuring Stax album cover photographs.

Stax said admission and merchandise transactions will now be cashless.

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