Our missionTo promote racial healing and reconciliation in Chattanooga by creating a permanent memorial which acknowledges the lynching of Ed Johnson, honors the courageous work of the attorneys and others who stood up for equal justice, and recognizes the resulting United States Supreme Court case that established federal oversight of state level civil rights issues then and now.
Meet the committee
LaFrederick Thirkill, Co-chair
LaFrederick is a native Chattanoogan, a local performing artist, an educator and a historian.
Mel is a community volunteer, a seeker for greater harmony in our community and a believer in the transforming power of listening to each other's life story.
Katharine McCallie Gardner
Kathy is a native Chattanoogan, a lover of justice, a seeker of mercy and a whitewater kayaker.
Michelle Phillips Schrader
Michelle is a beloved and inspired daughter. She is the daughter of Leroy Phillips, who co-authored the book "Contempt of Court."
Elizabeth is an educator, an art lover and a fierce preservationist.
Kay Parish grew up in Memphis and moved to Chattanooga in 1977. After a career in non-profit management, writing, and design, she has found that the Ed Johnson Project is helping her make a small personal impact on the justice she has always known is needed for America. She does not like to have her picture taken.
Steve Derthick, Co-chair
Eleanor, a Chattanooga native, is an author and a community activist specializing in community strategies, visioning and engagement.
Mariann Martin, Coordinator
Mariann is a writer and educator who believes history and the stories we tell can be a powerful way of understanding and changing our world.
Beth is a daughter, mother, and grandmother. She is an energetic adventurer.
Bruce is the son of Scottish immigrants, born in Massachusetts. A Quaker educator, he spent 50 years seeking to live up to the words of George Fox, who said, "Walk softly over the earth seeking that of God in everyone."
Ellis is a native of Chattanooga. After retiring from professional football, Ellis and his wife Kathy moved back to Chattanooga to raise their two children. He is a licensed Relator selling homes all over the greater Chattanooga area.
Linda Duvoisin, Filmmaker