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Son of Albany Civil Rights leader fights for memorial

There was tension at Tuesday's Albany City Commission meeting as Yaz Johnson lobbied for a memorial for his father.

The late Johnnie Johnson sued the city of Albany back in 1972 and won equal wages for black city employees.

Johnson says he's been fighting for a memorial for almost 10 years.

"It's been a long fought battle. I've had a lot of patience waiting on something to happen," said Johnson.

Johnson wants the new Broad Avenue Bridge to be named after his father.

City Commissioner Chris Pike suggested another idea that didn't sit well with Johnson.

Pike suggested to give the late Johnson a memorial at the water fountain in front of the government center, but the son says that isn't enough.

"He did something big that changed the entire city of Albany so a water fountain would be little. It would belittle his change," said Johnson.

Pike said he supports a memorial but not at the expense of taxpayers.

"We want to do something that is appropriate. We want to do something that is reasonable, but I'm not going to support anything that's going to cost the tax payers a ton of money to do it," said Commissioner Pike

Commissioner Pike says he will meet with Johnson for further discussion.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but we're told the new Broad Avenue Bridge may to be dedicated in honor of war veterans here in Southwest Georgia.

Commissioner Pike says he will talk to Johnson and hopes the two sides can come to a compromise.

 

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