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The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse

 
 
The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
1. The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  Side 1
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.
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Born in Winston County, Alabama October
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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."
 
Erected 2005 by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Historical Preservation and Promotion Foundation & the Alabama Historical Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Alabama Historical Association, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 12, 1901.
 
Location. 32° 22.512′ N, 86° 18.577′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street
The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
2. The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse Marker (reverse)
and Lee Street, on the right when traveling north on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Church Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ladies Memorial Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Montgomery County World War II Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War (within shouting distance of this marker); Let Freedom Ride (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil Rights Freedom Riders (about 300 feet away); Lomax House, 1848 (about 500 feet away); Kahl Montgomery/Catoma Street Church of Christ (about 600 feet away); A Mighty Walk From Selma (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Also see . . .  Alabama: U.S. Post Office & Courthouse, Montgomery. National Parks Service entry; Links to We Shall Overcome travel itinerary and Civil Rights subject site. (Submitted on January 13, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
3. The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse
The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
4. The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 915 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 13, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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