The “901 Student Passport” program has returned giving Shelby County school-age children (ages five through 17) free access to nine historic sites and cultural institutions in and around the Memphis area. The program is a partnership between the Shelby County Mayor’s office and local galleries.
“Our community has been at the epicenter of some of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history. It is a place where innovators are free to create,” said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. “We’re the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Our Civil Rights-era roots inspired the activism we’re known for today. It’s imperative that our youth have access to these stories of resilience, endurance, innovation, and triumph. Through the ‘901 Student Passport,’ we’re making it easy and free for students to visit some of our community’s most important cultural institutions, learn more about this great community, and instill community pride.”
Participating museums and galleries include the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Fire Museum of Memphis, Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Metal Museum, the Museum of Science & History (formerly the Pink Palace Museum), the National Civil Rights Museum, and the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. The Dixon Gallery and Gallery and Gardens and the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum are annual field trip locations for Homeschool Roster.
“We know that at our museum, visitors are exposed to a part of American and local history that won’t be taught in many classrooms. We teach about our country’s dark past and about the people who still found ways to triumph,” said Elaine Lee Turner, director of Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. “There are so many worthy museums in our city. I am honored that ours was chosen to be part of the original ‘901 Student Passport’ program and I’m happy that Mayor Harris continues to keep this wonderful program alive.”
Students may download the passport page or pick up a physical copy of a passport at YMCA locations in Shelby County, as well as other designated locations. A physical copy of a passport may also be USPS mailed to them. The passport gives each student and one parent/legal guardian with a Shelby County I.D. free admission. Along with receiving free admission to participating galleries and museums, families that sign up for the program will receive an art-in the box gift.
Once the students receive stamps from all of the destinations, they may return their passport to Mayor Harris’ office to receive a special gift.
The “901 Student Passport” program runs through November 30, 2022.