December 4, 2021

Mary Hines Johnson Day proclaimed in Franklin

Pictured above (L-R): Shannon McCrary, Anna McCrary, Carla Brown, Amy Caouette, Pamela Lyle,
Frankie Berry Wise, Jane Barker, Paige Harrod, Julia Saint (Photo: Faye McIntyre)

(Franklin, GA) — In a special program hosted by the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, Mary Hines Johnson was posthumously awarded the NSDAR Women in American History Award on Saturday, October 9, 2021.  

Mary Hines Johnson received this award because of her impact on the education of African-American children during the early to mid 1900’s in Heard County.  Mary Hines Johnson started teaching at the age of 14 years old and was the driving force and she opened a one-room schoolhouse to educate African-American children on November 23, 1942.  

The morning program began with an opening prayer from Pastor Grady Woodruff.  Following his message, Regent Lyle introduced Charles Israel, Franklin City Councilman, for the reading of a Proclamation from Mayor Kevin Hayes, naming October 9, 2021, as Mary Hines Johnson Day in the City of Franklin.   Rodney Kay, School Superintendent, gave an inspirational account of her contributions to the school system and how they live on even today.

Grady Ellis of Carrollton and board member of the foundation, gave an emotional address to the attendees reminding them of her contributions made so many years ago.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Mary Hines Johnson Family and the Foundation was Frankie Berry Wise of Tuskegee, AL.   Ms. Wise shared words from Mary Hines Johnson’s own hand, “A Dream come True – My Life as a Teacher”.  Her writings recalled her hardships, her obstacles, her triumphs, and her faith during her years as a teacher.  Ms. Wise also unveiled a portrait of Mary Johnson for the people in attendance.

Pamela Lyle, Regent, closed the program by announcing that the family has granted the chapter permission to share her writings with the Heard County Historical Society and the Georgia State Society, NSDAR Schools Committee. 

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