People’s History of Chattanooga Tour with
Michael Gilliland 

Saturday, June 10

Michael Gilliland of CALEB will lead participants on a tour of downtown Chattanooga using the landscape and landmarks to discuss slavery and antebellum Chattanooga, the Civil War, Reconstruction and its violent backlash, the implementation of Jim Crow, and events such as the lynchings of Ed Johnson, Charlies Williams, and Alfred Blount as well as the 1905 streetcar boycott, Civil Rights activism, protests, and more. Tour begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts approximately 2 hours. We will meet at 158 MLK Blvd. at the Union Depot Historical Marker. (near Read House) We’ll cover 5 blocks of easy walking, and the route is wheelchair accessible.
Cost is $5 with proceeds going to CALEB. If you want to save on parking you can carpool from our church lot. In case of bad weather, you will receive an email no later than 9 a.m. and we will meet in our usual spot at The Oak Street Center.

About Michael

Michael Gilliland is the Organizing Director for CALEB, a nonprofit built of member organizations including faith groups, labor unions and community organizations. He also serves as the Board Chair for Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA), a community nonprofit
founded in 2010. Michael has been involved in COA's efforts at affordable housing advocacy, research regarding local bank lending disparities and equitable development, as well as participating in "The People's History of Chattanooga" Project. In addition to COA, Michael
serves as Vice President of the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association.

Creation Care Circle 

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