“The Battle Of Henry Johnson”: The First American WWI Vet To Receive France’s Highest Military Honor Has Finally Received America’s 

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From the Sgt. Henry Johnson statue in Washington Park to the pocket park dedicated to the African-American World War I hero on Henry Johnson Boulevard in Arbor Hill to the 1972 mural of Johnson inside City Hall, joyful news rang out late Thursday afternoon of a long-delayed recognition and redemption of an injustice. Johnson, who died in 1929, will be awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award.

In a White House announcement tinged by the long shadow of racial injustice, the nation’s first African-American president, Barack Obama, said he will award the nation’s highest military honor on June 2 to a black soldier who displayed “conspicuous gallantry.” Johnson served in a segregated Army and returned home to a city and country deeply divided by race. He died broken and penniless. A three-decade campaign on behalf of Johnson was waged most vigorously by John Howe, of Albany, a black Vietnam War veteran who died in 2005.

Read More: White House: WWI vet Henry Johnson to receive Medal of Honor – Times Union

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  • Duncan Crary March 22, 2018 - 10:50 am

    A rare coin shop in Albany is currently running a contest to design a silver commemorative coin-shaped medallion honoring Sgt. Henry Johnson. There is a $1,000 prize per side of the coin.
    Details: https://www.ferriscoin.com/henry-johnson