Leroy Johnson

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Leroy Johnson’s portrait hangs at the state capitol in honor of his good works. He was an advisor to Atlanta civil rights movement participants. And in 1962, he won a state senate seat, becoming the first black to be elected to the General Assembly since the end of Reconstruction.

In 1957, Johnson worked for the Fulton County solicitor general’s office, now the district attorney’s office. He worked as a criminal investigator and was the office’s first black hire.

In 1970 Johnson helped stage a boxing match in Atlanta between former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali and Jerry Quarry.

Three years later, Johnson was a candidate in the 1973 mayoral race that Maynard Jackson won. The next year, Johnson ran for reelection to the state senate but was defeated.

During the 1980s Johnson served as executive director of the Atlanta—Fulton County Recreation Authority.

During the 2000 legislative session, the senate unanimously passed a resolution renaming part of Fulton Industrial Boulevard for Leroy Johnson.

For more information, visit the following:

sos.georgia.gov
www.legis.state.ga.us

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