National Park Partners offers walking tour of Chattanooga’s African-American historic sites


The tour begins a the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. (Photo: Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau)

A local organization whose mission is to preserve the history and culture of Chattanooga’s national parks will offer a free walking tour this week.

Organizers with National Park Partners and the Bessie Smith Cultural Center will lead a guided walking tour of African-American historic sites on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m.

The walk is offered through a 2-year partnership between the National Park Service and the Bessie Smith Cultural Center thanks to an NPP grant through a program called “Centennial and Beyond” from the National Environmental Education Foundation.

According to the event page, the goal of the project is for NPS to “develop programming that engages new…

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