Activists Seek to Rename Chattanooga Bridge After Lynching Victim - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Mar 30, 2018
A petition started last week aims to rename the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga after Ed Johnson, a man who was lynched at the site more than 100 years ago, the Times Free Press reports. Johnson, a black man, was lynched in 1906 after he was accused of raping a white woman. His case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, where Justice John Marshall Harlan issued the court’s first-ever stay of execution. A mob broke into Johnson’s jail cell and murdered him before his appeal could be heard.