James R. Mapp  

"We all had a deep and abiding faith in God
and feared doing nothing
more than doing something." 
                                                                   James R. Mapp

JamesRMapp.org is the official site for inquiries and factual information regarding the life, times, and legacy of civil rights icon, James R. Mapp of Chattanooga, Tennessee who dedicated his life to fighting for civil rights as NAACP President and became respected as
the "Civil Rights Leader for All".
In honor of  his 90th birthday, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center is unveiling an exhibit commemorating his life and legacy. 

         "The Bessie" Unveils


President Dionne Jennings, the staff, and Board of "The Bessie" join the Mapp Family to extend an invitation to family, friends and the community to tour the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and explore rich and diverse cultural history of Chattanooga including the new the new James R. Mapp Exhibit will be open from August 1 through October 31, 2017 in the Chattanooga African American Museum located within the cultural center. 

A public reception will be held at The Bessie on August 14th to officially launch the exhibit entitled "Chance or Circumstance?"  which is also the title of Mr. Mapp's memoir recently awarded the INDIE Author Legacy Award as Memoir of the Year for 2017!

Join us at The Bessie for the Mapp Exhibit, Bessie's Big 9 Revue featuring Noel Gourdin and other events for your cultural enrichment.

Plan a Visit!

     200 East Martin Luther King Blvd  *  Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403  *  423-266-8658


Adamson Developers has honored the life & legacy of James R. Mapp with the naming of Mapp Estates

a development with 25 home sites in the Brainerd community Mr. Mapp called home for six decades.