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The Lesser Known History of Chattanooga: A Walking Tour

  • Union Depot Historical Marker 158 MLK Blvd. Chattanooga, TN, 37402 United States (map)
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Join Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA) as we tour Martin Luther King Boulevard to discuss Chattanooga's history of popular action against racism. We'll cover the city's early slave market and labor force, Randolph Miller and the 1905 bus boycott of Jim Crow, the MLK assassination marches, sit-ins, clergy organizing, riots, the fight to rename the street, the 1980 Klan shooting, the lawsuit that changed the form of government, and much more.

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This tour is part of the People's History Project. More information can be found here

Please note: this tour is free, however there is a limit of 25 people. Please RSVP below.

This tour is in partnership with COA, The Chattery and the City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs.

About the teacher:

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Michael Gilliland is the Board Chair for Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA), a community-organizing nonprofit founded in 2010. Michael has been involved in COA's efforts at affordable housing advocacy, research regarding local bank lending disparities and equitable development, as well as participating in "The People's History of Chattanooga" Project. In addition to COA, Michael serves as Vice President of the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association.