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Keep up with the latest from THJ and fellow TN racial justice organizations. Learn how you can support our mission to uncover the truth about racial violence in Tennessee in order to achieve justice, conciliation, and healing across our state. 

The Tennessee Lynchings & Threatened Lynchings interactive map documents 507 victims of lynching between 1851-1947 and 568 victims of threatened lynching between 1872-1962. Although this is by no means comprehensive, this is the largest Tennessee-specific database of lynching. 

The interactive map was created by THJ's first intern, Kyra Wilson, during the summer of 2021. She notes:

Building the database was challenging but incredibly rewarding. The project kept growing as I did more research and found more cases to include in my list. I felt incredibly responsible for telling this history in the best way possible, which was sometimes difficult to do alone, but I am proud of the final project of my work. I hope that the map makes this history more accessible for people, from students to the general population, and creates more conversations about Tennessee's history of racial violence and how that connects with the racial and political environment of the country now.

Kyra is a History major and Africana Studies minor at Wellesley College. She reflects on her internship experience with THJ:

I was very happy that THJ gave me the chance to work with/for them over the summer and helped support me in the project of my choosing. This project became what it is through the guidance and connections of THJ board members. This internship helped solidify my desire to work on public education and racial justice work and showed me how my interest in history and our current racial and political environment could be combined into projects like this map. I definitely want to continue sharing this history and illuminating parts of the past we have attempted to forget or ignore.

                           Kyra Wilson, THJ Intern

Although this map documents the experiences of over 1000 victims of violence, this project is and will always be incomplete. There are a significant number of victims whose names and stories were never written. It is THJ's hope that this project brings recognition and solace to the surviving victims and their families, and that these stories allow all of us to address and reconcile with our past.

Join us next Tuesday November 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm CST for a virtual presentation of "Compiling and Mapping Tennessee's Lynching History" by Kyra. Click here to register for free.



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Ed Johnson's Memorial Dedication was held September 19, 2021 in Chattanooga, TN. The Ed Johnson Project honored the legacy and memory of Ed Johnson and his attorneys, Noah Parden and Styles Hutchins, with a memorial dedication weekend filled with events and activities for all ages. 

The Ed Johnson Project’s (EJP) mission is to promote reconciliation and healing by engaging local communities in remembering the Ed Johnson story and reflecting on its implications for us today. The organization raised money to construct the Ed Johnson memorial designed by renowned artist Jerome Meadows, which sits on the south end of the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, TN. Learn more.

Photo credit: Eskay Jr. Photography


Tennessee Justice Center

Tennessee Justice Center celebrates its new Nashville home
Photo credit: Tennessee Justice Center's facebook

The Tennessee Justice Center is celebrating 25 years of advocating for Tennessee's most vulnerable families to access the care they need. TJC helps Tennesseans cut through red tape barriers that block people from getting assistance in the areas of health justice, children's health, independence for seniors and individuals with disabilities, food security, and health equity. 

Since 1996, the Tennessee Justice Center has served nearly 15,000 children and adults and advocated for policy reforms that benefit low-income Tennesseans. Successes in their 25 year history include:

  • TJC’s success, achieved through 15 years of litigation, in requiring TennCare and its managed care contractors to meet federal health standards for the 914,000 children and youth – fully half of all Tennesseans ages 0-21 – who are enrolled in TennCare.
  • TJC’s negotiation of reforms to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program that enabled 13,000 single mothers to transition successfully into jobs.
  • TJC’s leadership role in the establishment of Tennessee’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CoverKids, which currently provides health coverage to 33,000 children and 12,000 pregnant mothers who would otherwise be uninsured.
  • TJC’s landmark victory establishing the right of Medicare beneficiaries to enforce federal patient care standards against Medicare contractors.
  • TJC’s court settlement that reallocated $250 million in TennCare funding from nursing homes to programs serving frail adults in home and community-based settings, enabling 15,000 individuals a year to retain their independence and dignity.
  • TJC’s negotiation of improved educational and mental health services for children in state juvenile justice facilities.
  • TJC’s reversal of state policies that denied nutrition assistance to children in immigrant families.
Visit TJC's website to learn more about their services and how to get involved. 

Allan Ramsaur, THJ Board Member

Get to know Allan Ramsaur. Allan is a board member of Tennesseans for Historical Justice Board of Directors and is an advocate for racial justice and equity in Tennessee.
Allan has been an active leader in the Tennessee legal community for more than 40 years, serving both as an executive and as an active member of the Nashville, Tennessee, and American bar associations. He earned his bachelor's degree at Lambuth University and his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He began his career as legal counsel for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Retardation.

He then moved to the Tennessee Association of Legal Services (TALS) first serving as a staff attorney and later as executive director. While at TALS, among his accomplishments were the passage of a mandatory school breakfast program and the adoption of IOLTA funding for Tennessee.

Allan was equally successful at the Nashville Bar Association, where he increased membership by 50 percent, increased the number of CLE hours provided dramatically and almost doubled the number of pro bono cases handled by bar members.

He went on to lead the Tennessee Bar Association in 1998 where he brought about growth in membership and programs, as well, helping the TBA become the largest professional organization in the state.

As an active bar member, he has also served on a number of ABA committees, including the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Services, the Special Committee on Prepaid Legal Services and the Prepaid Institute, and Special ABA Committee on Veterans Services. At the TBA he was chair of the TBA’s Governmental Affairs Committee, as president of the TBA’s Young Lawyers Conference and a member of the TBA’s Board of Governors.

Allan has also served as president of the Tennessee Society of Association Executives, and as secretary and vice president of Bethlehem Centers in Nashville.
Since retirement from the TBA in 2018, Allan has focused on supporting organizations like the Tennessee World Affairs Council, the Nashville Chapter of the American Constitution Society and as a founding Board member and Treasurer of THJ. Presently he serves as Secretary of the Tennessee World Affairs Council. He is married to Jimmie Lynn Ramsaur, a former Assistant United States Attorney. They have two grown children Kate and Ben.
Meet the Team

A mission of the Tennesseans for Historical Justice is to collect information about racial violence in Tennessee and make it available to the public. Our hope is that people will use this information to conduct further research into these cases and stories to better understand our history and learn how to more effectively and completely address current incidents of racial terror to promote transparency, justice, and conciliation.

Specifically, we are collecting cases and stories of racially-motivated beatings, hangings, bombings, and violence regardless of whether the case has been solved and the assailant prosecuted. We need to make a complete and thorough list for posterity.

We are seeking to uncover stories of individuals who were victims of violence motivated by an anti-racial bias. We know that many of these cases are documented in the state and the federal criminal justice system through police reports, grand jury transcripts, and other court records. While we are looking for these documents, we are also searching for stories that may have only been recounted in a newspaper or magazine article, or maybe not documented at all.

Through our work, we know that a good number of instances of racial violence exist only in the memories of the individuals who experienced the terror, witnessed the incident, or who heard about it through family lore. Understandably, these folks are hesitant to share these stories for fear of retaliation against them and their families. The fear of more violence, for exposing the truth of the past, is real. Without a proper investigation of these cases and stories, however, the people of Tennessee will never know their past. As the old adage goes, if we don't understand our history, we are doomed to repeat it.

Tennesseans for Historical Justice pledges to investigate all reports of racial violence with compassion, sensitivity, and with an eye towards justice and conciliation, pursuant to Chapter 966 Tennessee Public Acts 2018.

We need your help. Let's work together to understand our history and make the state a safer and more welcoming place for all.

Click the button below to send us information you may have on cases or stories of racial violence in Tennessee.



Along the path to justice, conciliation and healing are many broken pieces.

It is never too late for justice. It is never too late for conciliation.

It is never too late for healing.

Tennesseans for Historical Justice is a Tennessee non-profit 501c3 corporation. Our mission is to uncover the truth about racial violence in Tennessee in order to achieve justice, conciliation and healing across our state. Victims of racial violence deserve justice and our state deserves healing. But we cannot do this alone.

We need your help! THJ is creating a podcast that will highlight racial injustice across Tennessee. This bimonthly podcast will be hosted by THJ board members and feature thought-provoking conversation around racial justice. Will you consider donating to support the podcast today?

Your generosity- no matter how large or small- helps to achieve racial justice and equity across our state. Thank you!



November 9, 2021 I 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CT
Virtual Presentation by THJ's Kyra Wilson
Register for free



Health Justice Rally
November 20, 2021 I 10:00 am - 11:30 am CT
Virtual Rally


In this unprecedented time our work is more important than ever, so we have decided to “throw a fit” for healthcare and we are inviting groups across the state to join us on Saturday, November 20th us for a statewide virtual rally to amplify the collective voices in our state demanding affordable healthcare coverage. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from health justice advocates, faith and clergy leaders, and HBCU representatives. Participants will also learn about ways to take action.  
Racial Redress and Reparations: Policy Approaches to Remediating Historical Racial Injustice
December 1, 2021 I 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
Virtual Conference

Recent years have seen heightened calls for the redress and remediation of historical racial injustice. Policymakers have responded with initiatives that take meaningful steps to address the United States’ long legacy of racial violence and injustice. This convening will take a close look at the current laws and proposals put forth by those legislators and public officials who are at the forefront of these efforts. The conference brings together lawmakers, academic experts, and advocates from across the country to explore legislative efforts to launch government-sponsored truth proceedings and reparations programs.

This is a virtual conference, open to all! 
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