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Commissioners split over building dedication

September 16, 2002

Albany-- A plan to name a new government building after an Albany desegregationist fails and splits the Dougherty County commission down racial lines.

In 1976, Johnny Johnson, Junior won a federal desegregation order against the City of Albany, changing the city's hiring practices.

His son Yaz wants the new Central Square Complex named after his father.

Monday, the three black commissioners supported the plan. Three white commissioners voted against it, saying the county has never named a building after anyone. Because Stone abstained, the issue can be brought back before the commission.

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