Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Bessie Smith ~ 1894-1937

Marker ID: THC 2A 75
Location: on E ML King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 2.478    W 085° 17.845
  35.0413    -85.29741666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Born in Chattanooga to black parents, her great talent and determination earned her the title "Empress of the Blues." Death came in a tragic automobile accident in Clarksdale, Miss. In her memory, Columbia Records erected a tombstone with the epitaph
"The Greatest Blues Singer
In The World
Will Never Stop Singing."

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission