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Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith PHOTO: Carl Van Vechten Known as the "Empress of the Blues," Bessie Smith influenced entire generations of blues, jazz, and rock musicians and was the highest-paid black entertainer of her time. Born in 1892 in Chattanooga…

Carl Rowan

Carl Rowan PHOTO: U.S. Department of State Carl Rowan was one of the most famous African-American journalists of the late twentieth century. He was born in Ravenscroft--a now abandoned mining community in White County--and grew up in extreme pov…

Casey Jones

Casey Jones drives a train PHOTO: Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum Casey Jones was a folk hero from Jackson, Tennessee, about whom songs have been written and TV shows produced. When he was 16 years old, Jones started working for railroads--…

Clarence Saunders

Clarence Saunders PHOTO: Library of Congress You may have seen a grocery store called Piggly Wiggly; a few of them are still around. What most people today don’t know is that Piggly Wiggly was the first great grocery store chain. It was sta…

Cordell Hull

Cordell Hull PHOTO: Library of Congress It’s a long way from a tiny log cabin in Pickett County, Tennessee, to the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The birthplace of Cordell Hull But Cordell Hull, who was born in such a place, is…