Haleyville in Winston County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Honorable Frank Minis Johnson, Jr.
Born in Winston County, Alabama in 1918, Frank M. Johnson, Jr. transcended the prejudices of his time and made his mark as one of the great jurists in American history.
He married his Winston County sweetheart, Ruth Jenkins, in 1938. During World War II, he served in the infantry under General Patton. Twice wounded, he returned to Alabama in 1946 to practice law. In 1955, President Eisenhower appointed him federal district judge for the Middle District of Alabama, and, in 1979, President Carter elevated him to the United States Court of Appeals.
Hero in war and peace, Judge Johnson enforced the rights of forgotten segments of society. In the face of unremitting social and political pressure to uphold entranced traditions of oppression and neglect, he did not yield. His landmark decisions in the areas of desegregation, voting rights, civil liberties, mental health and prison reform inspired the nation and transformed its understanding of the United States Constitution. Ever true to his “Free State of Winston" roots, Judge Johnson gave full meaning to the principle of equality under the law.
Though his service as a federal judge kept him in Montgomery, Judge Johnsonís heart always remained here in Winston County.
Erected 1985 by Alabama Historical Commission
Location. 34° 13.574′ N, 87° 37.338′ W. Marker is in Haleyville, Alabama, in Winston County. Marker is at the intersection of 20th Street and 10th Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 20th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Haleyville AL 35565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Haleyville, Alabama (here, next to this marker); Factory Cemetery (approx. 6.9 miles away).
Categories. • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 31, 2015, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 31, 2015, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.