Monthly Archives: December 2014

Chattanooga: Search for Historic African American Hosteleries

What do parking lots, newly built houses, Sisken Children’s Institute and a Days Inn in Chattanooga have in common? They all stand where African American hotels and tourist homes in the 1940s once stood. According to the 1949 edition of the Green Book, there were four hotels and four tourist homes in Chattanooga, the largest number […]

Union City: “Colored Hotel”

Let me begin by giving you the facts. There are approximately 50 hotels and inns on the National Register of Historic Places in Tennessee. (I recently discovered a slew of them within historic districts as well as others whose secondary function was to act as a hotel.) According to my research, the “Colored Hotel” in Union City (approximately 3 […]

November: A Month of Armchair Traveling

Oh what a difference a month makes! Last month, I was speeding around Middle and East Tennessee in jeans and cowboy boots armed with a notebook and a camera conducting tons of fieldwork. Now, most days I can be found at my desk at the Department of Tourist Development in downtown Nashville garbed in a […]