Memorializing Four Racial Terror Lynchings in Hamilton County, Tennessee CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE 
  • Shortly before 8 p.m. on March 19, 1906, a white mob broke into the county jail, seized a young Black man named Edward Johnson, and dragged him to the Walnut Street Bridge. They tied a rope around his neck, but before they could hang him, the mob fired hundreds of bullets into his body.
  • Albert Blount was lynched at the Walnut Street Bridge on February 14, 1893. Mr. Blount was arrested and charged with the assault of a prominent white woman. A large crowd began to gather outside the jail, and as the sun set, white laborers began to join. By about 9 p.m., the crowd had grown to 500 people who began to attack the jail, shattering windows and battering down the door. Armed men entered the jail and used chisels and sledgehammers to break open the iron door of Mr. Blount’s cell. The mob tied ropes around Mr. Blount’s neck and dragged him outside and to the bridge as the crowd cheered.
  • On September 7, 1885, a Black man named Charles Williams was lynched at the jail in Chattanooga before a large crowd of cheering white spectators. The day before, Mr. Williams had been accused of fatally shooting a white street car driver who forcibly removed him from the street car during an argument.
  • Early in the morning on February 26, 1897, a white mob seized a young Black man named Charles Brown from a barn in Hamilton County, Tennessee, hanged him from a tree on the bank of Chickamauga Creek, and when the cotton rope broke and Mr. Brown fell to the ground, opened fire on his body. The evening prior, a young white woman from a prominent local family had accused Mr. Brown of attacking her.