The Trial of Sherriff Joseph Shipp for the lynching of Ed Johnson

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Twenty-one-year old Nevada Taylor, on her way home from her bookkeeping job in downtown Chattanooga, is raped by a black man “with a soft, kind voice” shortly after 6:30 p.m. in St. Elmo Cemetery. Sheriff Joseph Shipp directs a search for the rapist, witnesses, and evidence. The search turns up only a black leather strap used in the rape.


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