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Boosting The Bessie In The Digital Space

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center

For nearly forty years, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center here in Chattanooga has been dedicated to the city’s African-American history, from the Civil War to the present.

It is the only history museum in Chattanooga - and due to COVID-19, its doors have been closed to the visiting public since March.

The Bessie has expanded its presence online with videos including the “Bessie’s Front Porch” series - and you may have heard some of that here on “Scenic Roots.”

Albert Woodard is a native of Chattanooga - and a graduate of our campus:  The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

He is the founder and CEO of KaZee, an Atlanta-based firm which provides IT products to the health care industry.

Last month, KaZee made a $25,000 donation to the Bessie, to help update its technology and grow its presence online to keep sharing its history with everyone.

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