Bessie Smith Cultural Center

A museum may show us a bit about what life looked like, while performers may help bring that past to life for a bit. It isn’t too often that both things happen at the same place, but one place where they do is in Chattanooga, TN. Tennessee Crossroads went there to take a look at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Watch this and more episode segments of Nashville Public Television’s Tennessee Crossroads.


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A museum may show us a bit about what life looked like, while performers may help bring that past to life for a bit. It isn't too often that both things happen at the same place, but one place where they do is in Chattanooga. Rob Wilds recently went there to take a look at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.

Rob Wilds has been a part of the Tennessee Crossroads family since 1993. As one of our most frequent producers, and the recipient of several journalism awards throughout his various careers, Rob finds that the best reward for his work is meeting the fascinating people and visiting the interesting places he encounters in his travels. A presence in television, radio and print reporter for more than 20 years, Rob is a teacher, writer, producer and director as well as an actor (with appearances in feature films, television shows and on stage).

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