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Donate to Our Organization Today

Help the Bessie Smith Cultural Center continue to grow! We are eternally grateful to all of our benefactors who contribute towards helping us fulfill our mission. All proceeds are directly reinvested into the organization to allow us to be better equipped to tell the true story of Chattanooga's African American History.

Become a Museum Member

At the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, we depend on members’ financial support for maintaining and expanding the Center’s activities and educational programming. As grants for culture and the arts have substantially declined over the past decade, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, like many other non-profit organizations, needs your support more than ever. Each class of membership comes with membership benefits as tokens of our appreciation!


Contribute To Our Collection

One of the ways new artifacts are added to our collections is through the generosity of our members, individuals, and corporations. Donations assist The Bessie Smith Cultural Center in fulfilling our mission to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, photos, stories, and lives from Chattanooga's past.

Help Us Identify Items Our Collection

Help us further the preservation of Chattanooga's African American History by identifying unknown individuals, locations, and contexts of photographs, documents, and artifacts in our collection!

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