Category Archives: Biography Project


Chance Encounter with Family of Bishop C.H. Phillips

As we Recap 2016, I am reminded of a moment of what can only be described as divine synchronicity while we were on the road filming the documentary about my grandfather, Bishop Joseph A. Johnson, Jr. We were in the Atlanta area filming at a family gathering when we decided to take a detour to visit the […]

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U. S. Colored Troops: The First Freedom Fighters

On a brisk October morning, I gathered my husband and two daughters for a trip to nearby Washington, DC. It was unseasonably cool and uncomfortably close to nap time for my younger daughter, but I wanted my entire family, particularly my older daughter, to experience this visit. A short time later, we arrived. I stepped […]

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Bishop Johnson Biography Receives Grant Support

Rev. Cynthia Johnson-Oliver, President of the Bishop Joseph Johnson History Project, has been awarded a Pastoral Study Project grant from the Louisville Institute to fund her book project, The Soul of the Bishop: The Life and Legacy of Bishop Joseph A. Johnson, Jr. (1914-1979). The book-length biography will chronicle the life of her grandfather, Bishop Johnson, […]

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Faith of Our Fathers – Rev. Joseph A. Johnson, Sr.

The Rev. Joseph Andrew Johnson, Sr., was born in Rapides Parish, Colfax, Louisiana on February 17, 1885, the son of Rev. Bowman Henry Johnson and Mrs. Martha Johnson. He converted to Christianity at an early age, and experienced the call to Christian ministry at the age of 24. He was admitted on trial and ordained […]

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