Black History Month: Unsung Heroes of the South, Pt. 3

Posted by Rita Lorraine

Hi Everybody,
Glad you’re back for more Chattanooga Black History. Remember, I’m promoting my book, African Americans of Chattanooga this month, so be sure to take a look!

More Chattanooga Unsung Hero Facts:

Did you know…

At one time, the largest Black hotel in the south.

Martin Hotel, At one time, the largest Black hotel in the south.

Here’s an image of The Martin Hotel, which at one time entertained the top names in Black entertainment.

Guests included Ella Fitzgerald, The Ink Spots, Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson, Cab Calloway, The Platters, Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, Willie Mays, Satchel Paige, and even the Original Harlem Globe Trotters.

Its 50 guestrooms made it the largest Black hotel in the south.







At age 116, the nation's oldest Reading student

At age 116, the nation's oldest Reading student

This is a photograph of “Mother” Mary Walker, an ex-slave from Georgia who settled in Chattanooga and learned to read at the ripe old age of 116.

She was twice name Chattanooga’s Ambassador of Good Will, and was declared the oldest student in the nation by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.






Get your own copy of African Americans of Chattanooga today. You’ll be amazed at what you learn!

Just click on the image to your left, and you’ll be taken directly to Amazon.com, where you can make your purchase.

Thanks so much for your support!

Best wishes and happy writing,

Rita Lorraine

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