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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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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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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 that 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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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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Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues

April 15, 2016 - Happy Birthday to Bessie Smith, the “Empress of the Blues.” Considered the greatest female blues singer of her time, Smith was born in either 1892 or 1894 in Chattanooga, TN in Blue Goose Hollow, which is now the intersection of MLK Blvd and Riverfront Parkway. She started her…

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