First Annual Historic Lincoln Park Reunion Is Aug. 31

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association announced Friday that they will be hosting the First Annual Historic Lincoln Park Reunion at the site of the historic park on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Lincoln Park, the city's first and only park dedicated solely to the African-American community, was founded in 1918. Its amenities included an Olympic-size swimming pool, the first lighted softball fields for African-Americans in the South, a Ferris wheel, and “Mary the Bear and a family of monkeys.”

Lincoln Park figured into the history of African-American baseball and featured the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Old Negro League Baseball team from the 1940s and '50s. Baseball legend Willie Mays played his first professional game at Lincoln Park, and the park hosted other greats from the Old Negro League such as Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, and many other players that paved away from African-Americans in national sports. 

Family entertainment was also part of the historic Lincoln Park. African-American business pioneers such as Big Ben operated the Ferris wheel, Ira Hall Sr. was the park photographer, and concession stands were operated by family enterprises.

This first reunion will begin a community-led process to bring revitalize Lincoln Park, create jobs for the community, and to keep the community as an historical area for Chattanooga's African-American community, officials said.

Any individuals and businesses interested in participating may contact Tiffany Rankins, secretary of the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, at 266-2567 or by email at tsle500@att.net. The event is free and open to the public. 




VIDEO: Ben Haden Gives His Personal Testimony At Billy Graham Crusade In Chicago, June 11, 1971

Video by Ben Cagle (click for more)

Concrete Weekend Repair On I-24 East Near MM 182.6 In Hamilton County Cancelled, Due To Inclement Weather

Due to possible inclement weather, the concrete repair project on I-24 East at Mile Marker 182.6 in Hamilton County has been cancelled for this weekend.    It is tentatively scheduled to take place on the weekend of  March 9, weather permitting and barring unforeseen circumstances.   (click for more)

Shots Ring Out At Hamilton Place Mall; Crowds Rush Out In A Panic After "Active Shooter" Call

Shots rang out at Hamilton Place Mall shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday, sending customers at the mall racing out in a panic. A call to 911 at 6:07 p.m. said there was an "active shooter." There was a call for an ambulance to the mall, then another call at 6:10 p.m. of an "active shooter." A Brainerd woman who was at the mall with her two daughters said, "People were saying ... (click for more)

Signal Facing Decisions On Expanding Commercial Area Past Albert Road, Mountain Community Center And Water Service

The design review committee (DRC) of the town of Signal Mountain is in the process of establishing standards for commercial buildings. In the meantime, developer Bob Elliott would like to buy property at the corner of Taft Highway and Albert Road. Albert Road has traditionally been where the commercial property ends. A number of residents in the neighborhood around that area are ... (click for more)

Legislators: Protect Our Students And Teachers

When students step into their classrooms, they are there to learn and prepare for their future. Our teachers serve to advance each student’s education and guide them towards success.  Educators have an additional responsibility: maintaining the trust and respect of their students by conducting themselves professionally and responsibly. The vast majority of our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Every day, without exception, I find a number of “treats” in my daily dose of email. These funnies, and other pertinent information, are sent to me by a myriad of “Internet Buddies” who I repay by sending out some of the funniest that I collect. Think of it as sort of a “co-op” for my readers to enjoy. When The Saturday Funnies began last summer, it was what I still think is ... (click for more)