- Historic Sites
Chattanooga African American Museum
The Chattanooga African American Museum boasts a unique collection of multi-media presentations, rare artifacts, African Art, original sculptures, paintings, musical recordings and local Black newspapers. Explore the unique history that Africans in Chattanooga have experienced. Unlike other parts of the south, there were few plantations in this city. Most Africans were bought to be personal servants or laborers, rather than field hands. The Africans also used the winding river in this city as a source of life and inspiration much like our Egyptian ancestors used the Nile River. Visitors are encouraged to find out about the many African businesses such as a Dairy Farm, Insurance Company and Retail outlets that thrived in the 1800's. This was a world full of energetic African American doctors, lawyers, and movers and shakers rarely explored in current day history books. Discover towns surrounding Chattanooga that were founded and run by Africans.