Black History Month: Unsung Heroes of the South, Pt. 4

Posted by Rita Lorraine

He sung before Kings and 1871!

He sang before Kings and 1871!

Hi Everybody,
Glad you returned for the last installment of 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…
Here is a photograph of Hinton D. Alexander, native-born Chattanoogan whose beautiful voice quickly earned him a place with the original Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Hinton traveled throughout Europe and sang before Kings and Queens.

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, where you can make your purchase.

Thanks so much for your support!

Best wishes and happy writing,

Rita Lorraine


  • Rita,

    Do you know who is the foremost historian on Bessie Smith? I need to contact them with an historial find. Please email me directly as I do not have windows mail.

    Thank you,

    • Rita Lorraine Hubbard

      Dear Nancy,
      There are many Bessie Smith biographers out there, but if you’re looking for someone to speak with in Chattanooga, you can try the Bessie Smith Hall at 423-266-8658. Ms. Smith still has living relatives here in Chattanooga, and one of them recently published a book called “A Blues Song of Her Own.” The Bessie Smith Hall can probably put you in contact with her.

      Best wishes,

      Rita Lorraine

  • Dear Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Thank you for your work, we need it! Do you have a born date for the great Hinton D. Alexander? Thank you, the best for you,
    Daniel Richard

    • Rita Lorraine

      Dear Richard,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. Unfortunately, I don’t have a D.O.B. for Hinton. The first documented reference for him and the “wondrous works” he performed came from a paper in the early 1900’s that I stumbled upon while I was searching for something else. However, it gave no hint of his birth; it only stated that he was a native Chattanoogan.

      In my book, I included a picture of him with the original Jubilee Singers and another of him standing with a group of white mailmen when he served as a mail carrier for the Times Building. This was very progressive, because it was in 1882 – years before desegregation, and yet there he was, a man of standing and respect! I was curious about his final resting place, and after several years of searching, I found his grave and photographed his stone, but there was just no room for yet another photograph in the book. Like the other men of his time, he seemed virtually tireless, and multi-tasked until the time of his death.

      I’m always researching and finding new information about that great generation gone by. If I ever run across his D.O.B., I’ll post it in this forum.

      Thanks again, and feel free to write whenever you take a notion!

      Rita Lorraine

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