Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, often times referred to as the Burkle Estate Museum, is a highly enlightening museum stop on 2nd Street in Memphis. Nestled among classic Tennessee woodland and the scenic Mississippi River Bank, this unsuspecting and modest white clapboard home was built in 1849 by German immigrant and prominent town member Jacob Burkle. During this time cotton was king and Memphis was the largest slave trade city in Tennessee, making this the perfect setting for underground rebellion. Made possible by Mr. Burkle, fleeing slaves were harbored within his cellar, a debatably famed underground station from 1855 until the abolition of slavery.
A visit to this home will take you down to the dark cellar filled with hopeful trap doors and hidden passages. The upstairs is furnished with 19th-century artifacts, reflecting daily life in the south during Slavery. Your group will learn the history of the Underground Railroad and about the possible role, this house and Mr. Burkle played in the network. You will also learn about slavery, the slave trade, Memphis slave auctions, and the Civil Rights Movement in Memphis in general. Check out the special authentic touches throughout the property such as the freshly picked cotton, daily brewed southern ice tea, or antique cotton gin outside to get the full historic southern experience.