Horace Brazelton Exhibit
As the first African American to open a professional photography studio in Chattanooga, Brazelton’s prolific career photographing middle-class Black communities across the region spanned the first half of the 20th century, 1904 to 1956. His work embodied the humanity of the people he depicted, with his camera lens documenting Black families and individuals, as well as Black church, professional and civic groups, at a time when access to photography was limited, and mass media frequently portrayed African Americans unfavorably and inaccurately.
Along with building a successful business, the nationally recognized, award-winning portrait photographer was active with considerable endeavors as a community leader. By championing home and property ownership, voter participation, economic and small business development, and recognition of Black history, Brazelton actively encouraged and invested in Black Chattanoogans during the era of Jim Crow laws in the South. His efforts supported the growth of commerce in the Black business district of East 9th Street (currently known as MLK Blvd) and Black Chattanoogans’ economic mobility.
Please be advised, the presentation contains historical accounts and media from the Jim Crow period of American history to the modern civil rights movement depicting racism towards the Black community.
Dates & Hours
June 7 - September 17, 2023
8 AM - 8 PM