The Legacy of Lynching in American Life Lecture

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
4:30 PM
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Department of History

The Lynching of Ed Johnson in Chattanooga: a critical discussion of the history of racial violence in the U.S.

 In 1906 Ed Johnson, an African American man from

Chattanooga, was unjustly convicted of raping a white

woman and sentenced to death. When the US Supreme

Court intervened with a stay of execution, a mob of white

Chattanoogans stormed the jail, took Johnson and hanged

him from the Walnut Street Bridge. His last words were,

“God bless you all, I am a innocent man.”

Sponsored by the Project on Slavery, Race, & Reconciliation at the University of the South, the UTC History Department and Africana Studies Program, and the Ed Johnson Project. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Eckelmann Berghel at

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