Fri., February 24, 2012 5:10pm (EST)

Senate Honors Pioneer For Black History Month
By Sasha Horne
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Senator Leroy Johnson served in the senate from 1963-1975. He's pictured here with his family and current Senators Emmanuel Johnson and Donzella James.
Senator Leroy Johnson served in the senate from 1963-1975. He's pictured here with his family and current Senators Emmanuel Johnson and Donzella James.
In honor of black history month the state Senate honored one of their own, who made history more than forty years ago.

When Senator Leroy Johnson was elected back in 1964, he became the first African-American to serve in the Georgia State Senate since Reconstruction.

On Friday, Johnson was honored with a resolution, and as he addressed the Senate he said the years he served where some of the fondest memories of his life

"When I came to the body I was 35 years of age. I come back today to thank you at age 83," he said.

Johnsonn addressed the crowd with his wife of more than 60 years and his family by his side. He served in the Senate from 1963 to 1975.