ALBANY, GA (WALB) – You can now learn more about a turning point in Albany's civil rights history at the Albany Civil Rights Institute. Long into the 1970's, blacks in the south struggled for equality.
Johnnie Johnson was a longtime city of Albany employee. In 1972, he finally got tired of being paid less and treated differently than his white counterparts. He walked off his job, and 260 other black employees followed him.
Johnson sued the city, and won, helping black employees receive better pay and treatment. Johnson died in 2000, but his son Yaz says he's proud of the sacrifice his father made.
He said, "If it had not been for the one man that stood up for what he believed in and wanted a better life for blacks here in Albany and the Albany workforce. If it hadn't been for that one man doing what he did, then who knows what it would be like today, but that was the turning point."
You can see the documents from the Johnson vs. Albany lawsuit and pictures from when Johnson walked off the job now on display at the Civil Rights Institute.