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Grace Moore

Grace Moore PHOTO: GraceMoore.net Most folks don’t know that a world-famous opera star came from Tennessee. Her name was Grace Moore. She was born in 1898 in Cocke County and grew up in the town of Jellico, in Campbell County.   A m…

Hattie Caraway

Hattie Caraway Not a lot of Tennesseans have heard of Hattie Caraway, but perhaps they should have. A native of Tennessee, she was the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. Caraway was born in the Weakley County community of Bakerville and…

Ida B. Wells

Ida Wells PHOTO: University of Chicago Library The best way to learn about Ida B. Wells is to take the Tennessee History for Kids virtual tour "In Search of Ida B. Wells."   …

Jack Massey

Jack Massey with Colonel Harland Sanders and John Brown in 1964 PHOTO: Barbara Massey Rogers You may not have ever heard of Jack Massey, but you’ve heard of Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. In 1964 Sanders so…

James Davis

James Davis PHOTO: U.S. Army Sometimes, an event can turn an ordinary American doing his or her duty into someone famous. Such is the case with Tennessee native James T. Davis. On December 22, 1961, Davis – an American soldier – was ki…