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The Life And Legacy Of A Chattanooga Blacksmith

A sketch of Bill Lewis, c. 1895
Chattanooga Times

Who was Bill Lewis in 19th Century Chattanooga?

He was an African-American blacksmith who came to the city when it was still known as Ross’ Landing.

On Saturday at 2 PM, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a virtual program about Lewis.


Chris Young is a ranger at the park.

Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, weekdays at 3 PM ET on WUTC.
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