• Denai Cross

The Lynching That Black Chattanooga Never Forgot Takes Center Stage Downtown


But for many of Chattanooga’s Black residents, the city’s beloved pedestrian bridge isn’t an architectural beacon of the New South, but a painful reminder of the old: Before the Walnut Street Bridge became a tourist draw, it was a lynching ground. In 1893 and again in 1906, enraged White mobs hanged Black men from the bridge.Even as the bridge became a central gathering place of the city, some Black Chattanoogans who know its history have refused to cross it. To read more click here.


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