Willie Mae Brown Johnson and Claude Johnson, Taylor Street, Acworth, Georgia, July 2020.

Claude Johnson

Born to Joe Johnson and Frances Harden Johnson in 1936, Claude Johnson grew up in the Mars Hill community outside Acworth. He attended Acworth’s segregated Rosenwald School until the age of 14, when he took a job in food service at Lockheed-Georgia. After 25 years with the aircraft manufacturing company, Johnson became head of shipping and receiving at Hewlett-Packard, where he worked for another 30 years. Married to Willie Mae Brown Johnson since 1954, Johnson has one child, Claude “Ronnie” Johnson, Jr.

Willie Mae Brown Johnson

Born to John Emery Brown, Sr. and Annie Lou Furr Brown in Marietta in 1938, Willie Mae Brown Johnson grew up in the Acworth home of her grandparents, William “Bud” Cicero Furr and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Christian Furr, after her parents’ death in 1946. Johnson attended the segregated Rosenwald School in Acworth and Lemon Street High School in Marietta. She worked as a domestic worker and later took a job as a twisting machine operator at Coats and Clark thread mill. Johnson lives on Taylor Street in Acworth with her husband Claude Johnson. They have one son, Claude “Ronnie” Johnson, Jr. Until the full integration of Cobb County schools in 1968, Johnson served as Vice President of the Parent Teacher Association at the segregated Roberts School.

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