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




East Brainerd Kiwanis Club Hosts Annual BBQ To Benefit Tennessee Baptist Children's Home

The East Brainerd Kiwanis Club will host its annual BBQ to benefit the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home on July 27-28, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be at 6623 Lee Highway. The cost of the meal is $10, for a lunch box meal of pork, chicken, or beef, or a plastic bag of beef or pork BBQ (no chicken in bulk) and sauce. The lunch box has ample beef, chicken or pork with sauce, ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Sequoyah's Community Day

Sequoyah’s Community Day drew about 1,500 people from the community who came out to learn about the nuclear plant right in their back yard. (click for more)

Toned-Down UnifiEd PAC Effort Funds Coppinger, Fairbanks, Smedley, Sharpe, Gorman, Mackey

The UnifiEd PAC, which helped engineer a surprise County Commission election victory in May for political newcomer Katherlyn Geter, is not making public endorsements in the Aug. 2 election, but is putting its money behind a small slate of candidates. The financial disclosures for UnifiEd show the group strongly backing County Mayor Jim Coppinger over Democratic opponent Aloyse ... (click for more)

Juvenile Girl Who Was Shot On Doolittle Street Early Sunday Morning Has Critical Injuries

A juvenile girl who was shot early Sunday morning on Doolittle Street was in critical condition. Chattanooga Police responded at approximately 12:55 a.m. on to a person shot on the 2500 block of Doolittle Street.   Police were able to make contact with the victim at a local hospital where she was suffering from a critical, but non-life threatening gunshot wound. The ... (click for more)

Just Recuse Yourself

Pam Fleenor, have you ever heard the terms “conflict of interest” or “appearance of impropriety”? It’s a foregone conclusion that Robin Smith will be victorious in Chancellor Fleenor’s courtroom. Here’s another term you may want to re-examine, recuse yourself.   Rusty Munger (click for more)

Don't Let UnifiEd Take District 6

The UnifiEd APEX organization is working to remove Commissioner Joe Graham and has their poster candidate running in opposition to Michael Henry for School Board.   Please get the facts before you vote in the District 6 county races and reject the UnifiEd APEX candidates.   Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham and Michael Henry, School Board candidate District ... (click for more)