Professor Smith spoke about the contributions of Judge Johnson, both to the “Colored Court” and the legal profession entire. “This history had been buried,” Professor Smith said, “but we are grateful that people can now understand the context and subtext of what was going on at that time by visiting the museum. In this way,” Professor Smith continued, “we keep the history alive.”
The celebration for Judge Johnson was sponsored by the law firm of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, in partnership with the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation. Over 170 guests were in attendance, including 35 judges. The bust is being sculpted by renowned artist Brian R. Owens.