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Sep 20, 2021

Chattanooga Dedicates Memorial to Ed Johnson, An Innocent Man Sentenced to Death on False Rape Charges and Lynched After U.S. Supreme Court Stayed His Execution

On September 19, 2021, com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers in Chattanooga, Tennessee ded­i­cat­ed a memo­r­i­al to Ed Johnson, an inno­cent Black man wrong­ful­ly con­vict­ed and sen­tenced to death in 1906 for alleged­ly rap­ing a white woman and lynched by a white mob after the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order stay­ing his exe­cu­tion. The memo­r­i­al also hon­ors the two lawyers who worked to save him.