A longtime and respected civil rights leader in Chattanooga was laid to rest Saturday. The funeral for James Mapp was held at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church.
Mapp passed away last Friday at the age of 87. He was a member and, at one time president, of the local NAACP chapter and part of a 26-year lawsuit that led to the desegregation of Chattanooga schools.
His career as a civil rights leader started in the 1940