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J Chester Johnson Collection

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Originally presented online by the Green Mountains Review in four installments, the article explores the massacre of African-Americans in the fall of 1919 in Phillips county, Arkansas, along the Mississippi delta. The article also explores the…

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J Chester Johnson Collection


J. Chester Johnson was born on September 28, 1944 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He grew up in Arkansas and was educated at Harvard College and the University of Arkansas. From 1969 to 1970, during the later part of the Civil Rights movement, J. Chester Johnson taught in an all African-American public school in Monticello, Arkansas before public school integration occurred. During this time he also joined the mayoral race of the town, however he was not elected. This experience eventually led him to write the manuscript The Mixer. Aside from this, Johnson worked in the financial sector as an investment banker and later worked in the Treasury Department until 1979. After the Treasury Department, he started his own consulting firm. The collection documents Johnson’s participation in the Civil Rights movement as well as later involvement in social justice through literary works he has created. The collection contains five physical works, one digital work, and miscellaneous papers and articles describing social justice related events he has participated in as well as typed profile sheet of Johnson as a poet.

Most of the items in this collection have not been digitized. Click here to view the finding aid for this collection.


Johnson, J Chester