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RV A-Go-Go: T.O. Fuller State Park in Memphis, Tenn.

From the bloggers at RV A-Go-Go.

We stayed at this park for one night because it was the mid-way point on our trip from Alabama to Arkansas.  Additional factors in selecting this park were that it was in a fairly convenient location to I-55 (5 1/2 miles), a great price ($16/night with senior discount), and a state park with trails and plenty of green space.

The state park is 1,138 acres and offers plenty of recreational activities including hiking, an Olympic-size pool, basketball court, tennis courts, ranger-led programs, picnic pavilions, a playground, and a cultural center displaying artifacts found on the property.  (Note: most of these are not located in the campground but other parts of the park.)

This was the first state park east of the Mississippi River open to African Americans.  Originally designated as the Shelby County Negro State Park in 1938, the name was later changed to honor Dr. T.O. Fuller who spent his life empowering and educating African Americans.  Park facilities were originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and while excavating an area they unearthed a prehistoric village that is now interpreted in the Chucalissa Indian Village Museum and located onsite.

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