Semi-Finalists Selected For Ed Johnson Memorial

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Three semi-finalist teams have been chosen to submit design concepts for the Ed Johnson Memorial at the south end of the Walnut Street Bridge. The permanent memorial will commemorate the life of Ed Johnson, honor the work of his attorneys and recognize the resulting United States Supreme Court case.

The three semi-finalist teams are Rodney Leon, of Rodney Leon Architects, artist Ai Qiu Hopen, and Elizabeth Kennedy, of Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect; NBW Landscape Architects and Lord Cultural Resources; and Jerome Meadows, of Meadowlark Studio. To learn more about the teams and to see their previous work, visit www.edjohnsonproject.com/semi-finalist-teams/

The teams have designed and created outstanding public art, commemorative sites and memorials across the country. Their previous work includes the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania; the African Burial Ground Memorial in New York; the Gate of Freedom in Birmingham; and the African Burying Ground and Memorial Park in New Hampshire.  

The semi-finalists were chosen from 45 submissions, with artist teams from three continents and more than a dozen states. The teams included artists and landscape architects.  

A selection committee of Chattanooga citizens nominated by Public Art Chattanooga and the Ed Johnson Committee reviewed all the entries and made the selections. The selection committee was comprised of a diverse group of professionals, artists and community representatives in order to provide a range of perspectives.  

“The selection panel chose three outstanding teams,” said Katelyn Kirnie, director of Public Art Chattanooga. “With their combined track record of public projects, I am confident in their ability to design an integrated artwork and public space that is both celebrated as part of the urban fabric of our downtown and honored as a place of historical significance and remembrance."

The semi-finalist teams will visit Chattanooga this fall to learn more about the community and the project. During this visit, the public will have opportunities to meet and interact with the teams. The teams will then create design concepts, and a finalist will be chosen early in 2018.  

"This memorial becomes a place where healing can happen and a place where reconciliation can happen and a place where people can come and share their stories about how they are working toward race relations in Chattanooga," said LaFrederick Thirkill, co-chair of the Ed Johnson Project.  

The Ed Johnson Project seeks to promote racial healing and reconciliation in Chattanooga by creating a permanent memorial which acknowledges the lynching of Ed Johnson, honors the work of the attorneys, and recognizes the resulting United States Supreme Court case that established federal oversight of state-level civil rights issues then and now. The project is also helping to fund a documentary and scholarship.  

For more information visit: www.facebook.com/EdJohnsonProject and www.edjohnsonproject.com




Police Vs. Preachers Basketball Game Set For Saturday

The Police vs. Preachers Basketball Game will be held Saturday at Pringle Park.  It will be a community celebration of the work and dedication that went into refurbishing Pringle Park and its basketball court. The improvements and cleanup began in April and stemmed from a collaborative effort between Chattanooga Police officers, city of Chattanooga's Public Works ... (click for more)

Constitution Week Proclamations Given To Library

The start of Constitution Week celebrations began Monday with the official presentation of the signed proclamations to Mary Helms, manager in the Local History & Genealogy Department at the Chattanooga Public Library.   The Chattanooga area Regents Council would like to thank Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and County Mayor Jim Coppinger for signing these proclamations. ... (click for more)

Lone Survivor Of Lookout Valley Massacre Says He Is 100% Sure Morse Was One Of Shooters

The lone survivor of a massacre at a Lookout Valley trailer park on April 9, 2014, testified Wednesday that he is 100 percent sure that Derek Morse was one of the two shooters. Matthew Callam said he was thrown off initially by the fact that Morse had facial hair at the time, but he said when he was shown a recent photo of Morse soon after the incident "it was like I was looking ... (click for more)

3 Firefighters Carry Unresponsive Woman From Burning Lookout Valley Home

Three Chattanooga firefighters early Wednesday morning carried an unresponsive woman from a burning house in Lookout Valley.   At  3:08  a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a house fire at 111 Centro Ave.The 911 dispatchers told the responding firefighters that someone may be trapped inside. Upon arrival, the firefighters observed smoke and flames coming ... (click for more)

Send All Ed Johnson Donations To The Greater Chattanooga Community Foundation

To all concerned, I believe there was mistake printed in a recent article stating to send donations to me at the school. I would ask that all donations be sent to the Greater Chattanooga Community Foundation to the attention of the Ed Johnson Memorial. This project is in no way affiliated with HCDE schools. All funds are housed there and are tax deductible. Mr. Savage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where’s God In This?

Over half of Florida is still trying to catch its breath and now there is another murderer, one named Maria, mauling Puerto Rico this morning on her way to the United States. On August 25 Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. It killed an estimated 50 people, displaced more than a million people and damaged some 200,000 homes in a path of more than 300 miles. The bills haven’t been sent out ... (click for more)