On this day in Alabama history: Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. died

On this day in Alabama history: Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. died
The Frank M. Johnson Federal Building and Courthouse was formerly downtown Montgomery's main post office, constructed in 1932. It was renamed to honor Frank Johnson in 1992. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Library of Congress)

July 23, 1999

Haleyville native Frank M. Johnson Jr. made landmark rulings concerning civil rights while serving as a federal judge. Some of his most famous decisions include desegregating Alabama, eliminating the state poll tax and authorizing the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Martin Luther King Jr. once called Johnson “the man who gave true meaning to the word justice.” In 1992, Congress named the federal courthouse in Montgomery after him. He died on July 23, 1999, in Montgomery.

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