In 2018, the Georgia-based artist Jerome Meadows was selected for a formidable project: a work of public art memorializing Black victims of lynching for permanent display in a bustling section of Chattanooga, a majority-white, Southern city with a dark history of racial violence.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The memorial, to be unveiled this weekend, specifically honors Ed Johnson, a Black man who was hanged from the city’s Walnut Street Bridge by a lynch mob in 1906.

The artist Jerome Meadows stands behind his bronze statue of Ed Johnson, a Black man who was lynched from Chattanooga’s Walnut Street Bridge in 1906. — Wulf Bradley for The New York Times