The Honorable Frank M. Johnson. United States District Judge. First judge to order names of qualified African Americans added to county voting rolls, he also wrote the first Alabama school desegregation decree. He outlawed discrimination in Alabama's libraries, transportation centers, and agricultural extension service. A mentor and friend.
Born into slavery, Victoria Earle Matthews (1861- 1907) was a civil rights advocate and journalist who focused on the black struggle. In her National Leader columns, she praised the creation of black men's and women's Republican political clubs that sought to rally the black vote for the Benjamin Harrison in 1888. She also condemned the Democrats for their persistent violent attacks on blacks.