Discovering Chattanooga’s “Black” History

Hi Everybody,
Glad you made it back to this special site, which is dedicated to Chattanooga’s African American history.

It may be that a history book can never be completely “finished.” Facts and events are constantly being discovered or revealed. Depending upon the time period a historical volume covers, events that peak our cutural interest today may have been considered miniscule, inconsequential or of no societal value in the past.

In that case, the events in question may not have been covered by the typical media of the time, and can now only be discovered through interviews, family scrapbooks, or daily perusing of historical newspapers. Tedious, to say the least.

These things being said, my book, African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes, is definitely not “finished.” I am still hard at work updating, expanding and verifying facts, events and photographic documentation that I was already aware of as the book went to press–but which time and deadlines demanded that I not attempt to include in the first volume.

I hope you enjoy this volume. I hope you learn from what you read, and I hope you come back everyday for another dose of…African Americans of Chattanooga.

Best wishes and happy researching,

Rita Lorraine

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  1. Thanks for the write up this is really some great stuff here! Discovering Chattanooga’s Black History was a wonderful read.

  2. Good site!

  3. Good site!

  4. do you give talks on this subject? say to a family reunion gathering.

  5. Good Morning Mr. Khin,
    Thank you so much for visiting. I do give talks on African American history, family history and learning how to research history. My calendar stays pretty full all year long, so I couldn’t promise I would be available during the time your family reunion happens, but in any event, feel free to send me an email so we can talk about it.

    Although I check this email often, you’ll probably get me quicker if you send an email to

    Thanks and have a great day.

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