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Remembering an honored city employee

It's been four years since the Albany Public Works and Wellness Clinic buildings was renamed after a city employee. (Source: WALB) It's been four years since the Albany Public Works and Wellness Clinic buildings was renamed after a city employee. (Source: WALB)
Yaz Johnson (Source: WALB) Yaz Johnson (Source: WALB)
Johnnie Johnson, Jr. (Source: Yaz Johnson) Johnnie Johnson, Jr. (Source: Yaz Johnson)
(Source: Yaz Johnson) (Source: Yaz Johnson)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It's been four years since the Albany Public Works and Wellness Clinic buildings was renamed after a city employee. 

Albany city leaders dedicated both buildings in Johnnie Johnson, Jr.'s honor. 

He led 280 employees on a strike over unfair labor practices and unequal pay for black workers. 

His son, Yaz Johnson, says his father's legacy still lives on.  

"When I look around at the different changes as it relates to the steady increase of blacks in position. When I look at the opportunities that continues to happen because you have blacks that are in highly positions and it continues to unfold," said Yaz Johnson.

Johnson says his father's sacrifices helped pave the way for Albany Police Chief Michael Persely and Mayor Dorothy Hubbard - Albany's first black female mayor.

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