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Why I Got Involved in the Ed Johnson Project

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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 […]

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Beginnings…

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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 […]

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Commemoration at the Walnut Street Bridge

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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 […]

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Creating a Community Project

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The Ed Johnson Project is working to build a memorial, raise money for a documentary and fund a scholarship. All we need to complete those three things is money. It’s a simple goal. But we want to do so much more than just complete our physical project. We want to use this unique Chattanooga project […]