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Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Steele Home for Needy Children

1884-1925

 
 
The Steele Home for Needy Children Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, June 17, 2014
1. The Steele Home for Needy Children Marker
Inscription. In post – Reconstruction Chattanooga no orphanage existed for black children. Almira S. Steele, a white teacher from Boston, met the need by founding the Steele Home for Needy Children on this site. Mrs. Steele suffered persecution ranging from slander to fire. However, her philanthropic mission endured. Over 1600 children were aided, educated, and sheltered. Many were saved from the streets and became productive citizens. The home closed shortly after the death of Almira Steele in 1925.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2A 95.)
 
Location. 35° 2.865′ N, 85° 17.626′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Palmetto Street 0.1 miles south of East Third Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is located at the Challenger STEM Learning Center at the southeast corner of the Challenger Field on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. It is within the secured fenced-in athletic fields, but can be viewed by the street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 855 East Fifth Street, Chattanooga TN 37403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To the Memory of Our Confederate Dead (approx.
Wide view of The Steele Home for Needy Children Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, June 17, 2014
2. Wide view of The Steele Home for Needy Children Marker
0.2 miles away); Fort Wood (approx. 0.2 miles away); The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bessie Smith (approx. half a mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. half a mile away); Walden Hospital (approx. half a mile away); A Point in the Line of Works (approx. half a mile away); Point in the Line of Fort Sherman (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
Also see . . .  Almira S. Steele | Entries | Tennessee Encyclopedia. (Submitted on June 21, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkEducation
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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