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Negro League Legend May Get Memorial in Snow Hill

Posted: 08/23/2017 18:03:00 -04:00 Updated:

SNOW HILL, Md. - Discussion has started about erecting a memorial in the town of Snow Hill to honor Baseball Hall of Fame legend William 'Judy' Johnson.


Worcester County Historical Society says they were inspired by the idea from an essay written by a student in a scholarship contest.


Nationally, confederate monuments have caused controversy. But, Charles Weaver, Historical Society, says that Johnson's legacy is one of determination.


"His athletic ability and his perseverance of overcoming all of the hardships of discrimination, segregation, Jim Crow Laws. His character was never bitter. He always had a smile on his face," Weaver said.


Snow Hill is Judy Johnson's hometown and some people are welcoming the idea of a monument.

"It's an excellent opportunity to honor someone's memory and to show what can be done by somebody from a small town," Nancy Ellen Thompson said.


Weaver explains that Johnson's story is one that needs to be shared.


"I just want people to be educated about this fellow. I mean here he is from Snow Hill, Maryland.... hall of fame," Weaver said.


There is no official word yet on if the memorial will be put up or where it will go.

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