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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.
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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Side 2
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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
The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
2. The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse Marker (reverse)
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
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 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.
 
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
The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
3. The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse
(within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil Rights Freedom Riders (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lomax House, 1848 (about 500 feet away); Kahl Montgomery/Catoma Street Church of Christ (about 600 feet away); Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott (about 700 feet away); Tribute to Montgomery's "Foot Soldiers" (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Also see . . .  U.S. Post Office & Courthouse. (Submitted on January 13, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Government
 
The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
4. The Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and US Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 42 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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