Hello Chattanooga History Lovers,
I’m so glad you found this website. It is dedicated to my first trade book, AFRICAN AMERICANS OF CHATTANOOGA: A HISTORY OF UNSUNG HEROES, which highlights the impact African Americans have made on Chattanooga, Tennessee since it first came into existence.

This book is a 6-year labor of love. The idea came from a wise man named W.C. Hunter, who noticed that very little information had been divulged about Chattanooga’s African American citizens.

Inspired by his encouragement to create a detailed reference book, I threw myself into the task of researching and writing about Chattanooga’s “black” past. I read many things – some exciting, and some darkly disturbing. I have tried, with this volume, to focus only on early African American achievements, and the lives of both the prominent and the ordinary African American.

Of course, history books are never completely “finished.” Facts and events are constantly being discovered and/or revealed.

That being said, this volume is definitely not “finished.” In fact, I have dedicated an entire room in my house to additional photographs, facts, rare books, and other documentation I was already aware of when this book went to press, but which time and deadlines prevented me from including in this volume.

The research continues.

I hope you enjoy this book, and I hope you’ll pick up your own copy of, African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes from Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, or your local independent bookseller.

Just click on the icon to the right, and you’ll be taken to Amazon’s website, where you can order your own copy online.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Best wishes and happy researching,

Rita Lorraine

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