The memorial will be near the south end of the Walnut Street Bridge. (Photo: Ashley Day)

Three semifinalist teams have been asked to submit designs for the Ed Johnson Project, a permanent memorial at the south end of the Walnut Street Bridge.

Johnson was lynched on Chattanooga’s Walnut Street Bridge in 1906.

The memorial will honor Johnson’s life, the work of his attorneys and the resulting United States Supreme Court case.


More than 45 submissions were accepted from three continents and more than a dozen states.

Semifinalists teams are Rodney Leon of Rodney Leon Architects, artist Ai Qui Hopen and Elizabeth Kennedy of Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect; NBW Landscape Architects and Lord Cultural Resources; and Jerome Meadows of Meadowlark Studio.

The teams were selected by a committee of Chattanooga citizens nominated by Public Art Chattanooga and the Ed Johnson Committee.

Each team will visit Chattanooga this fall to learn more about the community and project. They will submit design concepts for the memorial in February.

Click here for a more in-depth history of the Johnson story.