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The Martin Hotel

Hidden in Plain Sight: Chattanooga's History is Everywhere - Martin Hotel Edition In 1906, attorney Richard Kimball came to own the lot where the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center stands today. Kimball entrusted Robert Martin, an African American former porter of the local railroads, to build…

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6 Ways to Explore Chattanooga’s Black History

From art and murals to music and historical sit-ins, Chattanooga is full of stories that commemorate Chattanooga’s Black History and the courageous individuals who left an imprint on our community and the world. Read below to find 6 ways to learn more about Chattanooga’s Black History and culture…

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How to Celebrate Juneteenth in Chattanooga

Juneteenth, The Oldest Holiday Posted by Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Juneteenth, observed annually on June 19, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The holiday is also known as Jubilee Day…

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Chattanooga Women Who Made History

When 19th-century booster Rush Montgomery declared Chattanooga “the funnel of the world,” people decried him as crazy. Now, over 150 years later, his predictions have come true, and the Scenic City has attracted fascinating people, including women who made history. From war heroes and feisty widows…

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CHA Spotlight: Ed Johnson Memorial

Who: Anyone who would love to know more about Chattanooga’s History and the story of Ed Johnson. What: The Ed Johnson Memorial is a physical space to remember a tragic but heroic Chattanooga story. This reflective memorial recognizes Ed Johnson, his brutal death and sacrifice, honors the heroic and…

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CHA Spotlight: Chattanooga African American Museum

Who: Anyone who loves history, especially African American history. What: The Chattanooga African American Museum pays homage to Chattanooga historic names like The Impressions, Bessie Smith, Reggie White, Venus Lacy, and many more. See replicas of former 9th street businesses, learn about the…

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CHA Spotlight: Explore Chattanooga's African American History

Who: Anyone who loves to explore African American stories, historical individuals, and landmarks! What: This edition of the CHA Spotlight features some of Chattanooga’s African American History. From markers to neighborhoods, to historic landmarks, you can explore some of Chattanooga’s African…

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3 Ways to Explore Black Culture in Chattanooga

Chattanooga’s African American community has made a lasting impact on the city’s culture, heritage and arts. Whether you are looking for a nice artsy spot, a tasty meal or a place to wind down and relax, Chattanooga’s black-owned businesses are worth checking out. It’s easy to enjoy a full day of…

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