Group honors victims of lynchings in Hamilton County
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — A group of people is remembering and honoring the victims that lost their lives in lynchings in Hamilton County.
This afternoon several marched to the Walnut Street bridge – a site where Alfred Blount and Ed Johnson were lynched – and collected soil.
Students took the soil and put them in jars.
Along with soil from two other sites, where Charles Williams and Charles Brown were lynched.
The lynchings took place well after the Civil War.
Folks with the Ed Johnson Project and Equal Justice Initiative led the ceremony.
“What our goal is is reconciliation, remembrance and healing. And it can’t be no healing without remembrance and reconciliation. Then comes this sort of a purifying and a spiritual cleansing, so to speak. And we hope that we can lay the groundwork right now so that we as a community can build what Dr. King called the beloved community together,” said Eric Atkins with the Ed Johnson Project.
Four of the jars will be placed in the future, Memorial to Peace and Justice Museum and four identical jars will stay in Hamilton County