The Chattanooga Women's Oral Histories digital collection features interviews with women in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee. Interviewees were asked questions such as "What are some of your early memories of Chattanooga?" and "What do you perceive to be the core elements of a successful city?" The interviews celebrate the accomplishments and experiences of women business leaders, advocates, educators, social activists, and community builders across generation, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.
In my earliest memories of Chattanooga, is the segregation. I attended all schools for black, nothing integrated, all the way through high school. And not only the schools, everything was segregated. We had to ride on the back of the bus, and there was a white section and a colored section. If the white section was filled, they could go into the other section, but if the colored section was filled, we had to stand up. That's my memory.
Ernestine Hall, 2016 April 11
I enjoy rights as a woman that I take for granted. And I wish I knew more about the people who helped me get them. I think it would be useful to maybe have a little more gratitude to know about that struggle.
Melissa Hefferlin, 2016 March 22
The Chattanooga Women's Oral Histories digital collection is the result of a collaboration between the City of Chattanooga Mayor's Council for Women History Subcommittee, Southern Adventist University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Funding for transcription of this interview was provided by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs grant.
Full text transcripts of the interviews will be made available as they are processed.