Big Nine Legends

Site: Live & Let Live Barber Shop (MLK Blvd at Palmetto St.)

Artists: 14 teens in foster care & MLK Neighborhood residents

Description: Big Nine Legends depicts 13 of the most influential Chattanooga-based musicians to ever grace 9th Street (now MLK Blvd.), once the center of Chattanooga’s African-American community and a national hub of blues and jazz music known as “Big Nine.”

The featured musicians were chosen by MLK neighborhood residents and a team of musical historians, including Dr. Clark White, a UTC Sociology professor, and Mr. William Price, a bassist and member of many bands who played the “Big 9” circuit.

To create the mural, participants created collages of the musicians using photos, texture and drawings. Artists Frances McDonald and Judy Mogul then carefully crafted the posh night club scene. The collage style was inspired by the work of Romare Bearden.

Partners: Children’s Home/Chambliss Shelter, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, MLK Neighborhood Association, Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults, Tennessee Arts Commission, Virgil McGee


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