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"Demystifying the Monumental Burden of Public Art"

Jerome Meadows, at the dedication ceremony of The Ed Johnson Memorial
Eskay Jr Photography via The Ed Johnson Project

At the heart of The Ed Johnson Memorial are bronze statues of three Black men:  Ed Johnson, who was lynched on the bridge in 1906 - and his attorneys, Noah Parden and Styles Hutchins.

The lead artist for the Memorial is Jerome Meadows.


This afternoon, he visited with art students on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Last week, at the Hunter Museum, he sat down for an artist talk with Dr. Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt, associate professor of art and art history at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

The theme:  “Demystifying the Monumental Burden of Public Art," streamed by The Ed Johnson Project and our public media partner WTCI PBS.

Find the full conversation - as well as other highlights marking the dedication of the memorial - on the Facebook page of The Ed Johnson Project.