Marker is located on Southwest corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Baltic Avenue.

Historical Marker text:

1926-1998
An Atlantic City native, Johnson served the Atlantic City School District for 40 years retiring as an Executive Assistant Superintendent. A World War II veteran and West Virginia State College graduate, Johnson rose through the educational ranks here from classroom teacher to principal of various city schools. He earned a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from Glassboro State College (Rowan University) in 1964. While he served as the district's Director of Title III Planning, his project WILL (Workshop in Living and Learning) was selected as one of the most innovative in the United States. He was also an elected member of the Board of Education and the Chairman of the Zoning Board. He was active in many community groups and organizations including the Mayor's Advisory Council, New Jersey Education Association, U.S. Selective Service Board, the N.A.A.C.P., the Miss America Board of Directors and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

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Additional information:

Earl Johnson taught at the Indiana Avenue school for 10 years, before serving as a principal of three different schools in the city, and finally as principal of the Atlantic City High School. The school board's Vice President Alma Dobson, who knew Johnson, said upon hearing of his death in 1998 that "I could never count the number of kids and young professionals he helped," and that "he filled a void in that he was a father figure to many." An educated and inquisitive person, Dobson also remembered that Johnson read four or five newspapers a day. Johnson also served as the president of the local NAACP branch in the 1960s, and was a vestry at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church.

If you have more information about Earl Johnson, please contact the Atlantic City Free Public Library.
 

For more information, see these resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City Heritage Collections:

Local History Biography Files - Earl E. Johnson