Chattanooga Tenn: Rename the Walnut St. Bridge to the Ed Johnson Memorial Bridge

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To the Citizens of Chattanooga:

This petition is presented as a request for your assistance in obligating the Chattanooga City Council members: Chip Henderson, Jerry Mitchell, Ken Smith, Darrin Ledford, Russell Gilbert, Sr., Dr. Carol Berz, Erskine Oglesby, Jr.,
Anthony Byrd, and Demetrus Coonrod, to change the name of the Walnut Street Bridge to the Ed Johnson Memorial Bridge. Ed Johnson was lynched on the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga on March 19th, 1906. A mock trial was conducted wherein Johnson was not provided an impartial jury, public trial, venires of the jury, fair trial, nor assistance of adequate counsel. A mob lynched Johnson as his case was on appeal. 

The city has already approved a memorial for Ed Johnson to be built in the shadows of the bridge where he was hung in 1906. Maintaining the same name of the bridge where Ed Johnson was hung is an injustice to him. Many people today avoid the bridge due to its history, some even scared to walk across the bridge. It would benefit the community, help reconciliation and unification if the Chattanooga City Council would initiate such a referendum and approve the name change.


Joseph H. Malley

Dallas, Texas

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