Due to COVID-19 and by order of Mayor Andy Berke
the Bessie Smith Cultural Center will be closed until further notice.
In the meantime, we invite you to explore our Featured Exhibition, and Digital Resources.
Please visit our calendar of events for the latest updates. We appreciate your understanding.
The mission of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center is to preserve and celebrate African American History and Culture in Chattanooga through art, education, research and entertainment.
Bessie's Front Porch - Christy Rashed reads "A Sweet Smell of Roses"
Bessie's Front Porch - Monty Bruell Reads "The World Needs More Purple People"
Bessie's Front Porch - Louis Contreras Reads "All Are Welcome"
Diane Mason - Oral History Project - Bessie Smith Cultural Center