Dorothy B. Johnson speaking at the downtown Hilton, Wilmington, NC.
Dorothy B. Johnson (1914-1984) became the first African American to win public office in Wilmington, NC since the 1890s when she was elected to the Board of Education in 1976. She was a biology teacher at Williston Senior High School (as well as a graduate of Williston), teaching in the county schools for many years. She was also a member of the NAACP chapter that supported Dr. Hubert Eaton's efforts towards desegregation. Johnson was instrumental in helping to improve education in New Hanover County during the turbulent 1970s, working for parents, students, and teachers. She fought to establish a north side elementary school to replace the formerly all-African American Peabody School, which had been closed. The new school became the Dorothy B. Johnson Elementary School, which is currently operating as a Pre-K Center. She was named to the North Carolina Education Hall of Fame in Raleigh, NC after her death in 1984. Ms. Johnson is buried in Pine Forest Cemetery.
Educators; African American Women
Cape Fearians Vertical Files, "Johnson, Dorothy"
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