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

Lincoln Park

 
 
Lincoln Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 26, 2020
1. Lincoln Park Marker
Inscription.  Lincoln Park Chattanooga's first playground for the African-American community was dedicated April 12, 1918. This stone gateway is the site of the original entrance and is re-dedicated on this day, September 14, 1996, to the leaders and citizens of the community and the Community Neighborhood Enterprise.
 
Erected 1996.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansParks & Recreational AreasSports. A significant historical date for this entry is April 12, 1918.
 
Location. 35° 2.925′ N, 85° 17.236′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Central Avenue and Blackford Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Cleveland Ave, Chattanooga TN 37403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joe Engel (approx. Ό mile away); Chattanooga Baseball — Engel Stadium (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chattanooga Baseball — Lincoln Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chattanooga Baseball — Negro League Baseball (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chattanooga Baseball — Joe Engel
Lincoln Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 26, 2020
2. Lincoln Park Marker
The park's original stone gateway is in the background.
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); The Steele Home for Needy Children (approx. 0.4 miles away); S.W. Angle of Fort Wood (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chattanooga Baseball — Jackie Mitchell (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
More about this marker.
[Dedication information:]
Lincoln Park Beautification Donated By:
BHY Concrete • Electric Power Board of Chatt. • Erlanger Medical Center • Franklin Associates Architects • Mountain City Electric • Pro Lawn Garden Center • South Central Bell • West Graphics
 
Also see . . .  Research Report: Lincoln Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee (PDF). By Sarah Calise, December 9, 2015. (Submitted on July 28, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Additional keywords. Negro leagues, baseball, segregation, Jim Crow south
 
Chattanooga Choo Choos image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Negro Southern League Museum Research Center, 1946
3. Chattanooga Choo Choos
Willie Mays (front row, fourth from left) spent the summers of 1945 and 1946 playing for this semi-professional team, which played home games at Lincoln Park. Another notable player who played at Lincoln Park was Leroy "Satchel" Paige.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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