Memphis is famous for its contributions to America’s musical history, and as home to many American music legends, including Elvis and B.B. King. The area where Memphis was founded in 1819, had been occupied for thousands of years by Native Americans on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The city has a checkered past, including a major role in the slave trade of the old South, and as the place where Martin Luther King was assassinated. It was the site of Civil War battles and subsequent Yellow fever outbreaks. Now, the city is known for its amazing BBQ, its musical legacy as the crown on the Mississippi delta, and tourist attractions like Graceland, Beale Street, and riverboat rides on the river.