Your donation brings us closer to reaching our goals of creating a public space near the Walnut Street Bridge; providing scholarships for college sophomores majoring in criminal justice; and funding the documentary, “I Am a Innocent Man: the Ed Johnson Story” by Linda Duvoisin.
A Brief History
The Ed Johnson Committee was formed in 2016, comprised of a group of citizens who believed the Chattanooga community needed to find a way to better tell the Ed Johnson story, a part of American history that change the justice system. The diverse group includes members who had previously contributed to remembering the Ed Johnson story by getting a state resolution passed, writing a play about him and maintaining the cemetery where he is buried.
I am an Innocent Man: Trailer
FROM OUR BLOG
By Eleanor McCallie Cooper My friend Dollie and I met at the Walnut Street Bridge to take a walk. We’d gotten no more than a few feet on the bridge when she said, “I can’t…I can’t walk across the Walnut St. Bridge without thinking about Ed Johnson.” She seemed reluctant to go further. I had […]
Like so many other things, the Ed Johnson Project is built on the shoulders of giants. Lawyer and author Leroy Phillips spent years researching and writing the book Contempt of Court. Rev. Paul McDaniel was instrumental in having Ed Johnson’s name officially cleared by the Hamilton County court system. LaFrederick Thirkill was a tireless champion […]
Ed Johnson was lynched from the Walnut Street Bridge just before midnight on March 19, 1906. The angry crowd of armed men had worked for hours to break down the door of the jail, hammering away at the five rivets that held the steel-barred door in place. As they worked, the mob outside the jail […]