New Exhibits to Explore 

Bessie Smith Cultural Center 

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center, the Chattanooga African American Museum, reopened on June 25, 2021, to the public after being closed for fifteen months during the pandemic. The new museum vision, supported by its board and dedicated staff display the true history of African Americans in Chattanooga.

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Ed Johnson Memorial 

On March 19, 1906, Ed Johnson woke in his third-floor jail cell to the possibility of hope. His execution, which had been scheduled for the following day, had been postponed. Johnson’s attorney, NoahParden, along with attorney EmanuelHewlett, had successfully argued before Supreme Court Chief Justice HarlanMarshall for a writ of habeas corpus. In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court issued an order granting an appeal and astay of execution.

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Encore Time: Music Returns to Station Street 

Grab the kids, call your bestie, and head to Station Street to visit the new Songbirds launching this fall. The facility, located upstairs inside the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo that once housed the Guitar Museum (now closed), is being revived by the local nonprofit Songbirds Foundation. The space will operate as an interactive learning experience, a rental space, and a performance hall. During daytime hours, you can learn about the guitar and Chattanooga music history. At night, the facility will operate as a music venue, hosting some of the best artists that tour the Scenic City.

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