Reporting: Bobby Sullivan
Many people know who Bessie Smith is, especially in this part of the state because she grew up here! She started performing on the streets of Chattanooga, and later went on to become an international artist.
The Bessie Smith Heritage Festival took place Saturday, August 20th on Martin Luther King Boulevard, and I spoke to Rose Martin, president of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center more about the event.
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