James R. Mapp  

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

James R. Mapp dedicated much of his life to the fight for civil rights in Chattanooga, Tennessee primarily as the local NAACP President and became respected as the "Civil Rights Leader for All".


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.

Viola Martin Mapp Honored by UTC

Chattanooga, TN (April 21, 2016)

In a surprise move, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga announced the naming of the Viola Martin Mapp Conference Room  during its rededication  of the James R. Mapp Building.  The building  has been repurposed as the new Occupational and Physical Therapy Department for graduate level students.

A moving tribute to Mrs. Mapp was made by UTC Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Richard Brown,  as he announced the honor and highlighted the "46 years and 4 month" marriage shared by Mr. & Mrs. Mapp during the height of the civil rights struggle which included the bombing of their home, numerous telephone threats, and acts of vandalism to their personal property.

That special  announcement followed a spirited address by former State Representative and former UTC Professor, Dr. Tommie Brown which resulted in a standing ovation.  She spoke lovingly of the role Mrs. Mapp  played behind the scenes of the NAACP in mentoring Dr. Brown and other women in the art of community service.

Viola Martin Mapp

View the Rededication Ceremony & Tributes to James R. Mapp by clicking on the arrows above.

Chance or Circumstance?

Mr. Mapp's recently released book of his memoirs was made available for the first time during a book signing at the Rededication of the James R. Mapp Building on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in April 2016.

The book tells a story of love of family and the arduous journey to achieve civil rights despite unrelenting threats, the bombing of his home and the financial hardship James R. Mapp endured during seven decades of community service.

Copies are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IUniverse.


Bessie Smith Cultural Center Partnership

The Mapp Family joins President Dionne Jennings of the BSCC in encouraging visitors and local residents to tour the Bessie Smith Cultural Center to explore rich and diverse cultural history of the Chattanooga.

200 East Martin Luther King Blvd

Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403

423-266-8658                                            Plan a Visit!

Bessie Smith Cultural Center