Ed Johnson was the last African American man to be lynched on Walnut Street bridge in 1906. His story is a tragedy and one of the darkest moments in Chattanooga's history. Today, a group of citizens are working to honor his legacy and remember his story by creating a memorial at the south end of the bridge with the hope that it will bring conversation and reconciliation in our community. My guests, Eleanor McCallie Cooper and LaFrederick Thirkill, are two of the committee members working to bring this memorial to life.
Referenced in this episode:
- Ed Johnson Project Website - https://www.edjohnsonproject.com/
- "Contempt of Court" Book written on Ed Johnson and court battle - http://amzn.to/2ybfN8P
- Journal article about Ed Johnson's death and trial - http://bit.ly/2hCkilx
- "Should We Tear Down The Statues of the Confederate Generals?" Opinion piece written by Eleanor McCallie Cooper - http://bit.ly/2fCDAqx