Henrietta Windham Johnson: Educator & Civil Rights Activist

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Henrietta Windham Johnson was an educator and civil rights activist in Monroe, Louisiana and was active in the Monroe branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) during the 1920s and 1930s.

Johnson was born in Rayville, Louisiana on November 15, 1876, she attended the Wisner School in Franklin Parish. At the age of fourteen, she enrolled in Leland University in New Orleans, a private institution of higher learning for African Americans. While at Leland, she earned a teaching certificate. After graduating with honors in 1895, she returned to Wisner School as a teacher. In 1901, she married Arthur Herbert Johnson, the principal of Wisner School.

Johnson was active in the Monroe branch of the NAACP for the 1920s to 1930s. She became a branch executive committee member in 1932 and held the elected post of vice-president from 1936 to 1938.

Johnson organized a National Youth Association school in Monroe for unemployed young women in 1939. The school was modeled on those operated by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Projects Administration during the Great Depression. The exact date of Johnson’s death is unknown.



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