The Pyramid is being converted to a Bass Pro Shops megastore and the statue of Ramesses that once stood at its entrance has been relocated to The University of Memphis. Those who had purchased commemorative bricks to benefit MIFA are allowed to claim them today and tomorrow. The unclaimed bricks will be moved to UofM to be reunited with Ramesses.
I arrived to pick mine up today at about 3:45, about fifteen minutes after the bricks became available. There were a couple hundred people in line, with lots more arriving after I did.
Once I got to the red tent, all I had to do was tell a woman what was inscribed on my brick. She had a binder with all the inscriptions on the bricks listed alphabetically. She directed me to the section where I could find my brick.
Once I found the brick, I signed a release form with my name, address and the inscription. And that was it.
The press release had said I needed a form of identification connecting me to the brick. I worried since my name’s been changed that I’d have trouble, so I brought my birth certificate just in case. I didn’t need it. Several people in line had the original certificate from 1991 and they didn’t get their bricks any faster than I did. I think as long as you know what your brick says on it you should be fine.
They’re out today (6/1) until 6:30 and will be out tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s easiest to park on Front St. or nearby and walk.