Truth-telling and a path to healing

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Amelia Newcomb

“On March 19, 1906, a murderous crowd surged to the [Walnut Street Bridge], where it lynched Ed Johnson. The young [b]lack man had been accused of raping a white woman and was sentenced to death after a flagrantly biased trial. When he was granted a stay of execution by the U.S. Supreme Court, white residents turned to mob violence. On Sept. 19, 2021, a very different crowd gathered on the bridge. In a spirit of righting history, the diverse group of hundreds walked across the Tennessee River. Then, amid song and the spoken word, including a formal apology from Mayor Tim Kelly, they witnessed the unveiling of the Ed Johnson Memorial, the result of years of work to bring the case to light and heal a city.” (10/11/21)