Chattanooga neighborhood celebrating centennial anniversary with two-day event
A Chattanooga neighborhood is celebrating their centennial anniversary this year.
Lincoln Park was founded in April of 1918. Event organizers say it was a "safe place" for people of all ages during the Jim Crow-era.
"Lincoln Park was built for and dedicated to the African American community in April 1918. It was a popular, safe place for all ages during the Jim Crow-era, offering recreation in baseball, tennis, basketball and swimming. Lincoln Park's reputation has deemed it eligible for the National Register," a spokesperson explained.
To celebrate historic Lincoln Park's 100th year, the neighborhood association wants to invite the community to a special two-day event.
The festivities, which will honor Lincoln Park's past, present and future will begin on Friday, September 7.
Friday's event will take place from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.
"There will be a celebratory fundraiser, featuring food and musical performances from all genres, including country, blues, jazz, rhythm and blues and hip hop," an event spokesperson said.
On Saturday, there will be a 100-yard dash, which organizers are calling the "centennial race," double dutch, a hula hoop competition, music, vendors and more. The festivities will begin at noon.
Admission costs will begin at $25. Festival organizers say proceeds from the event will help establish the Lincoln Park Foundation and the preservation of the neighborhood's history.
For more information, call Wiley Morton at (423) 653-4611, or Tiffany Rankins at (423) 255-3538