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The Ed Johnson Conversations

The Ed Johnson Conversations

Ed Johnson
Credit The Ed Johnson Project
Ed Johnson
In 1906, Ed Johnson - a young Black man - was falsely accused and wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit here in Chattanooga.

His case reached the United States Supreme Court, which issued a stay of execution.

But a violent mob took the law into its own hands - and lynched him on the Walnut Street Bridge.

From his arrest through his trial to the final moments of his life, Ed Johnson said, again and again:  “I am an innocent man.”

Scenic Roots bring you a series of conversations with members of The Ed Johnson Project about his story from more than a century ago - and the memorial in this century at the south end of the bridge where his life ended.

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