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Traveling 'Free at Last' Exhibit Comes to Bessie Smith Cultural Center
The Free at Last exhibit explains how Tennessee slaves secured freedom with the help of the Union Army. 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. The four-panel display emphasizes the significance of emancipation as a result of the Civil War. The exhibit runs through October 1st at the Chattanooga’s Bessie Smith Cultural Center.