ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Thursday’s ceremony honored the achievements and legacy of the Albany native, WWI hero, and Medal of Honor winner.
Johnson enlisted in the army in 1917 and served in the 369th infantry regiment, nicknamed the Harlem Hellfighters, the first African American regiment to serve during WWI.
Johnson was an advocate for black rights. His combat injuries were not recognized and he was denied a pension.
It wasn’t until 1996 that Johnson was awarded the Purple Heart, and last year, President Obama gave Sergeant Johnson the Medal of Honor.