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TOURIST TRAPS

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At a conference on how to promote heritage in the South, Cheryl Hargrove, a tourist consultant from St. Simon s Island, Georgia, was recently quoted as saying that an area s historical sights must be actually, precisely what [they] claim to be. In spite of Hargrove s advice no efforts have been made to reintroduce yellow fever into the neighborhoods around Memphis Bayou Gayoso, nor has the National Civil Rights Museum petitioned MATA, asking that African Americans ride in the back of all buses routed past the Lorraine Motel. Sure it s dangerous and degrading business, but hey it s for the tourists.

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