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

Martin Hotel

1924-1985

 

—Chattanooga, Tennessee —

 
Martin Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, December 22, 2007
1. Martin Hotel Marker
Inscription. For sixty-one years the Martin Hotel was located at this site. Established in 1924 by Robert Martin with 50 rooms it became the largest African-American hotel in the South. Many celebrities and entertainers such as: Ella Fitzgerald, The Ink Spots, Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson, J. Ernest Wilkins (Former Assistant Secretary of Labor), Cab Calloway, the Platters, Nat "King" Cole, Lena Horne, Willie Mays, Satchel Paige and the "original" Harlem Globetrotters were guests at the hotel. The Martin Hotel closed November 30, 1985.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2A 89.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 35° 2.704′ N, 85° 18.403′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on M. L. King Boulevard (Tennessee Route 2) near Lindsey Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Coca-Cola Bottling Company In The United States (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Point in the 2d Line of Works (about
Wide view of the Martin Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, June 17, 2014
2. Wide view of the Martin Hotel Marker
600 feet away); First Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abby Crawford Milton (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Point in the Line of Works (approx. 0.2 miles away); Military History of Chattanooga (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crutchfield House (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Military History of Chattanooga (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansEntertainment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2009, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,220 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 26, 2009, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee.   2. submitted on June 18, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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