Bessie Smith Cultural Center http://wutc.org en Traveling 'Free at Last' Exhibit Comes to Bessie Smith Cultural Center http://wutc.org/post/traveling-free-last-exhibit-comes-bessie-smith-cultural-center <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.bessiesmithcc.org/archives/595">Free at Last exhibit </a>explains how Tennessee slaves secured freedom with the help of the Union Army. &nbsp;Contraband camps controlled by Union Army troops led to the develop of communities throughout Middle and West Tennessee during the Reconstruction Era, between 1865 and 1877. &nbsp;The four-panel display emphasizes the significance of emancipation as a result of the Civil War. &nbsp;The exhibit runs through October </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1</span><sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the Chattanooga’s <a href="http://www.bessiesmithcc.org/">Bessie Smith Cultural Center</a>.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:05:00 +0000 Mark Colbert 26588 at http://wutc.org Celebrate the Heritage of American Music August 10 & 11 at the Bessie Smith Heritage Festival http://wutc.org/post/celebrate-heritage-american-music-august-10-11-bessie-smith-heritage-festival <p>The 6th annual <a href="http://www.bessiesmithheritagefestival.com/" target="_blank">Bessie Smith Heritage Festival</a> in Chattanooga Tennessee is a celebration of jazz and soul music.&nbsp; This year the festival will be held in the <a href="http://www.bessiesmithcc.org/" target="_blank">Bessie Smith Cultural Center</a> in the heart of Chattanooga.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:28:11 +0000 Rabbit Zielke 25582 at http://wutc.org Celebrate the Heritage of American Music August 10 & 11 at the Bessie Smith Heritage Festival