In 1905, Chattanooga, Tennessee, was hit with a wave of black on white crime. It was an era in which racial tensions were higher than they had been since Reconstruction. Blacks were being disenfranchised across Dixie, especially in states like Tennessee and Georgia. Between December 11th and 23rd, numerous crimes were committed by blacks upon whites, including rape, assault, and burglary. On Christmas Eve, a police constable was murdered by a black gambler; the following day, 8 more assaults and robberies were committed on whites.
The Rape of Nevada Taylor
On January 23 of 1906, a beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed 21 year old named Nevada Taylor was walking home from the trolley stop near Forest Hills Cemetery, where her father was the caretaker, after making a trip to the grocer. She heard a rustling in some bushes; before she knew what was happening, she was being forced to the ground. During her attack, she drifted in and out of consciousness.
After being checked by her doctor, it was determined that she had been the victim of a brutal sexual assault. She was able to recall a few details of the attack; her attacker was a negro, and he had attempted to strangle her with a leather strap.
Manhunt, Trial, and Appeal
Two days after the attack, Sheriff Shipp arrested a man named Ed Johnson. An eyewitness placed him at the scene holding a leather strap. Ms. Taylor was also able to identify her attacker based upon his physical appearance, his voice, and his smell. Johnson was indicted for the attack on January 26.
Due to an early attempt at extrajudicially executing Johnson and two other negroes accused of committing capital crimes, Johnson was moved to Nashville until his trial.
On February 9, Johnson was convicted and sentenced to death. His execution was scheduled for March 13.
Two black lawyers took on Johnson’s case and filed an appeal, citing a violation of habeas corpus regarding the trial. The district court overseeing the appeal dismissed this motion, stating that the federal courts had no jurisdiction over state criminal matters. Johnson’s final stay was granted when a Yankee judge, Judge Harlan, agreed to argue in front of SCOTUS on behalf of Johnson.
Justice is Served
On the evening of March 19, fed up with the infringement upon the state of Tennessee’s right to govern itself, a group of Chattanooga residents stormed the jail and seized Johnson. He was then transported to Walnut Street Bridge, where he was hung by a rope over a beam. After approximately two minutes, the growing crowd grew impatient and began firing shots at Johnson as he hung. One of the bullets severed the rope. As Johnson laid on the bridge, a Sheriff’s deputy fired a round into his head, ending his misery.
Johnson was then pinned with a note that read, “Justice Harlan, come get your nigger now.”
Activism and Virtue Signaling
In 2000, Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Doug Meyer, a man with a reputation for being extraordinarily light on criminal negroes, overturned Johnson’s conviction in an effort to garner more support from the black community in Chattanooga. Later this year, in an act that I can only equate to cognitive dissonance, a local non profit activist group plans to install a plaque on Walnut Street Bridge to “honor” Johnson’s memory. In the current year plus three, we have leftist activists placing a plaque honoring a convicted rapist. I guess it’s only rape if you’re a “white” man.
Maybe the inscription will read:
“Ed Johnson was a good boy. He ain’t do nuffin, man.”
In spite of all this, we must remember the real victim here. She was defiled and destroyed because she was a white woman. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was brutally attacked by a criminal negro who couldn’t control himself.
Her name is Nevada Taylor.