Historic Markers Across Tennessee



Mary Walker ~ 1848-1969



Marker ID: THC 2A 73
Location: Hamilton County, in Chattanooga, Wilcox Boulevard, North Street, and Elmwood Road
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 2.887    W 085° 14.555
  35.04811666    -85.24258333
Waymark: None
 



Text:

Born a slave in Union Springs, Alabama, "Grandma" Walker moved to Chattanooga in 1917 and remained here until her death. At the age of 116 she enrolled in the Chattanooga Area Literacy Movement class and learned to read, write, and solve arithmetic problems. She twice received Chattanooga's Ambassador of Goodwill award and was declared the oldest student in the nation by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.


Notes:

I was not able to find the intersection of Wilcox Boulevard, North Street, and Elmwood Road in Chattanooga. I was able to find the intersection of Wilcox Boulevard, Mary Walker Place and Greenwood Road. There is a marker visible at this intersection on Google Street view. The coordinates listed are of this marker.