Honoring pioneer Judge, civil rights activist, and Overtown’s own Judge John D. Johnson today at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse for Black history month statue unveiling.
Judge Johnson was the youngest of seven children of Bahamian immigrants Samuel D. and Ida Ellen Roberts Johnson. The family settled in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, then called Colored Town, in 1903, and the couple became the first black family in South Florida to have all seven children complete college and return to Miami as professionals.
During his career, he was appointed the City of Miami’s second municipal judge serving from 1955 to 1959 becoming Florida’s fourth black judge. Judge John D. Johnson passed away in 2011 at the age of 98. His legacy as a lawyer, judge, civil rights activist and family man lives on. #ExperienceOvertown #BlackHistory #artofblack #Culture #History #Heritage #honor #law #blackmiami #miami - 13 hours ago