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Chattanooga’s Black Soundtrack - At Home At The Bessie

A visitor at a kiosk at “Chattanooga’s Black Soundtrack.”
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
A visitor at a kiosk at “Chattanooga’s Black Soundtrack.”

Earlier this summer, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center here in downtown Chattanooga opened its latest exhibit.

“Chattanooga’s Black Soundtrack” shares the stories of this city’s African-American music makers: the contributions they made across genres and styles, the struggles they endured and the changes they shaped across the generations up to today.

Elijah Cameron is with The Bessie.

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