Q&A: Professor researches the many paths Islam took to Tennessee and Chattanooga

Staff Photo / A.J. Marshall uses building blocks to replicate mosque construction during the America to Zanzibar event day at the Creative Discovery Museum in 2018 in Chattanooga. The exhibit highlighted African Muslim culture and history in a way that was accessible to children.

Jaclyn Michael grew up in Southern Illinois.

"In terms of diversity, there were like, Lutherans there," she said.

Off in college, she studied Arabic — and then came 9/11.