Historic Markers Across Tennessee

William "Uncle Bill" Lewis

Marker ID: THC 2A 84
Location: on Market St at 7th Ave., Chattanooga, TN
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 02.903    W 085° 18.565
  35.04838333    -85.30941666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM24RK


Born a slave in Winchester, Tennessee, William Lewis came to Chattanooga in 1837, when it was Ross' Landing. After building a thriving blacksmith business, Lewis purchased his and his wife's freedom. In 1851, he purchased the freedom of his mother, brother, and sister. In his blacksmith shop, leg irons were forged and fitted for Andrews' Raiders, Union spies during the Civil War.

Tennessee Historical Commission