NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Al Green sits for a portrait in his office in Memphis, TN on November 10th, 2014. The legendary singer is a recipient of the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors. (Photo by Jesse Dittmar for The Washington Post via Getty Images.)

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Full Gospel Tabernacle Church


On Sunday, put on your 'smell goods' and head to services in South Memphis, where soul-music legend turned reverend Al Green presides over a powerful choir. Visitors are welcome; it's a fascinating cultural experience. Services may last several hours, so sit in the back if you're not sure you can stay the entire time.

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