Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Steele Home for Needy Children 1884-1925

Marker ID: THC 2A 95
Location: on Palmetto St south of E 4th St., Chattanooga, TN
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 02.861    W 085° 17.625
  35.04768333    -85.29375
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM864


"In post-Reconstruction Chattanooga, no orphanage existed for black children. Almira S. Steele, a white teacher from Boston, met the need by founding the Steele Home for Needy Children on this site. Mrs. Steele suffered persecution ranging from slander to fire. However, her philanthropic mission endured. Over 1600 children were aided, educated, and sheltered. Many were saved from the streets and became productive citizens. The home closed shortly after the death of Almira Steels in 1925.

Tennessee Historical Commission