Carl Van Vechten Photographs (Library of Congress)
Bessie Smith born:

April 15, 1894
Bessie Smith was born in Chatanooga, Tennesee on April 15m 1894. Smith's father was a part-time Baptist preacher. He and Smith's mother passed away before Smith was 10.
Source: Blues: A Musical Journey, Guralnick, 1/1/1900