1909 – 2006
Who was Charles Johnson?
Johnson also filed an anti-discrimination suit against Illinois Central Railroad in the mid-1960s after he was turned down for a special agent position. Johnson won the suit and became the first African American special agent.
Johnson had a friend, legendary Negro League player Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, who helped him get into the league. Johnny Washington, a former Negro League player and friend of Johnson, said: "Duty lived on the same block as Charlie and really took a liking to him."
Johnson spent his time in the Negro League barnstorming the United States and Canada. He went on a barnstorming tour of Canada with the Texas Giants in 1930 and 1931. Johnson returned to Chicago and served as pitcher and outfielder for the Chicago American Giants.
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- Aug 7, 1909
- Lived in
- Pine Bluff
- Jun 17, 2006
on July 23, 2013
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