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

Bessie Smith

1894-1937

 
 
Bessie Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, December 22, 2007
1. Bessie Smith Marker
Inscription. Born in Chattanooga to black parents, her great talent and determination earned her the title "Empress of the Blues." Death came in a tragic automobile accident in Clarksdale, Miss. In her memory, Columbia Records erected a tombstone with the epitaph
"The Greatest Blues Singer
In The World
Will Never Stop Singing."

 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2A 75.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 35° 2.478′ N, 85° 17.845′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on E ML King Blvd, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (approx. 0.3 miles away); S.W. Angle of Fort Wood (approx. 0.4 miles away); Walden Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Point in the Line of Works (approx. half a mile
Bessie Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, December 22, 2007
2. Bessie Smith Marker
away); To the Memory of Our Confederate Dead (approx. half a mile away); The Steele Home for Needy Children (approx. half a mile away); Dedication of Rose Garden to all Veterans (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
 
Also see . . .  PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Bessie Smith. (Submitted on November 27, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicWomen
 
Bessie Smith Hall - Chattanooga African-American Museum image. Click for full size.
By R. E. Smith, December 22, 2007
3. Bessie Smith Hall - Chattanooga African-American Museum
<i>Portrait of Bessie Smith holding feathers</i> image. Click for full size.
Carl Van Vechten (photo courtesy of the Library of Congress), February 3, 1936
4. Portrait of Bessie Smith holding feathers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 1,387 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 27, 2008, by R. E. Smith of Nashville, Tennessee.   4. submitted on May 14, 2018. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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