A Special Tribute to the faith Legacy of Rev. Albert Edward Johnson
Submitted by Rev. Olivett Johnson
Rev. Albert Edward Johnson was born to the parentage of the late Reverend Edward and Susan Johnson on April 5, 1905 in Miami, Fla. At a very young age, Rev. Albert Edward Johnson began working for the East Coast Railroad in Miami.
In the year of 1923, he worked on the railroad until he reached the area of Pompano where he took up residence.
In 1928 he met and married Elizabeth Richardson, who had been residing in Pompano since 1908 with her parents, William and Olevia Richardson.
Rev. Albert Edward Johnson was later called to the Ministry of preaching and was ordained by Pastor Coleman of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Pompano Beach, Florida. He later moved his membership with his wife Elizabeth and children to Bethel African Methodist Church, Pompano Beach, Florida, where he was ordained an Itinerant Elder.
He organized St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, Collier City, Pompano Beach, Fla.; he organized and built St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Fort Lauderdale and laid the foundation for Gibbs Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, North Miami, Fla.
Rev. Albert Edward Johnson labored as a sharecropper, construction worker, and maintenance, as well as serving the Pompano Beach Community as an advocate. He served the Pompano Colored School and the Blanche Ely High School as P.T.A. President. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #409 and other Civic Organizations.
Upon retirement, at the age of Seventy, Rev. Albert Edward Johnson became an associate minister to the late Pastors Rev. Robert H. Mobley and Rev. Willie James Jacksonand (Shepherd W. J. Jackson) at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Pompano Beach, Fla. He continued to labor in part time jobs until his health began to fail.
Rev. Albert Edward Johnson lived and served the Pompano Beach Community as a faithful and true citizen for 77 years. He bought land and built a home at 635 Northwest Eighth Avenue, Pompano Beach, Fla. in 1938. There he and Elizabeth raised and educated 10 children: Albertha, William, Joseph, Monford, Olivett, Blanche, Katrina, Olevia, Micha, and Keturah) in the fear of God. The home still stands and is liv-able. He and Elizabeth were married for 66 years. Reverend Albert Edward Johnson departed this earth on November 20, 1994 at 89 years of age.
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 during the Pompano Beach City Commissioners meeting at 6 p.m., it was voted and approved by Mayor Lamar Fisher, City Manager Gregory P. Harrison, Commissioners Beverly Perkins Moody. Vice Mayor Charlotte 1. Barrie and commissioners Rex Hardin, Barry Moss and Michael Sobel designated Northwest Eighth Avenue as a duel named road: “Rev. Albert E. Johnson Avenue.
On Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at 9 a.m. on the corner of Northwest Rev. Albert E. Johnson Avenue and NW Eighth Street, Pompano Beach, Florida, the Johnson Siblings, descendants, and friends gathered to conduct a Prayer Ceremony in honor of Rev. Albert E. and Elizabeth Johnson’s faith legacy. Rev. Eddy J. Moise, Jr., pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Alphonso McLemore and City Commissioner Beverly Perkins Moody, District 4, were in attendance. The event was organized and coordinated by The Christian Awareness Mission of Hope, Inc. (CAMOH),Rev. Olivett Johnson, Th.D., founder/president.