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The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse - Montgomery, Alabama
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N 32° 22.512 W 086° 18.577
16S E 564944 N 3582234
Quick Description: Marker telling the life of Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. and why the building was named in his honor.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 10/31/2011 9:17:19 AM
Waymark Code: WMCZY1
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 6

Long Description:
This marker is located on Church Street on the grounds of the Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. It has two sides in which the story of the judge known for his decisions in civil rights cases is told. Information about the building and Judge Johnson can be found at (visit link)
Marker Name: The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
The text of the marker reads: Named in honor of Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. (1918-1999), who served here as U.S. District Judge from 1955 -1979, as U.S. Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit July 12, 1979 - October 1, 1981, and as U.S. Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit October 1, 1981 - July 23, 1999. Nationally renowned as a fearless, uncompromising jurist who rendered numerous landmark decisions upholding equality under the law, and enforcing the fundamental tenets of the Constitution in the turbulent years of the civil rights movement in America. Among other historic rulings, Judge Johnson presided over cases authorizing the Selma to Montgomery March (1965) and the Freedom Rides (1961), requiring that women and blacks be allowed to serve on Alabama juries, desegregating the Alabama state police, and requiring the extension of mental health treatment to persons institutionalized for mental illness. (continued on side two) Born in Winston County, Alabama October 30, 1918, Johnson served as an officer in the ETO during World War II where he was wounded twice and awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star medal. He was the recipient of multiple national honors during his judicial career, including the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award (1984), the American Bar Association's Thurgood Marshall Award (1993), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1995) as well as LL.D. degrees from the University of Alabama, Boston University, Yale, Tuskegee University, Mercer, Notre Dame, and Princeton. He was a lifelong champion of the right of all Americans "to share in the freedoms which our government was established to secure and protect." Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Historical Preservation and Promotion Foundation Alabama Historical Association 2005


Date Dedicated / Placed: 2005

Marker Number: Not listed

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