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Because Tennessee is so rich in African-American heritage, the convention and visitors bureaus in both cities offer free, specialized resources for travelers in black history and multicultural heritage.

For general information, contact the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce (tel. 615/876-9634), or the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (tel. 615/216-5737).

For further suggestions and direction, contact Authentic Tours of Historic Black Nashville and Beyond (tel. 615/299-5626; www.tnvacations.com). Trained historians offer sightseeing tours and act as step-on guides.

Memphis visitors can contact the Black Business Association (tel. 901/525-2357; http://bbamemphis.blogspot.com).

For customized tours for visitors from overseas, contact Germania Travel Tour Guide (tel. 901/794-0347; www.germaniatraveltourguide.com).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.