Ed Johnson Memorial Dedication this weekend

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga’s Ed Johnson Memorial Dedication is under way at the Hunter Museum of American Art.

It’s a multi-day event that will explore the story of Ed Johnson – an innocent black man who was accused of assaulting a young woman in Chattanooga in 1906.

While his case was taken to the Supreme Court, he was dragged out by a mob and lynched on the Walnut Street Bridge.

We spoke to the artist about the importance of public art.

“This has just been a wonderful opportunity to give a little bit of myself and what I do as an artist information about specifically the ed johnson memorial. The audience response has been just overwhelming.”

The memorial is set to be unveiled this Sunday at Walnut Plaza, or indoors at McClellan Gym at UTC if they get bad weather.

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