Street to be named in honor of Col. Stone Johnson

BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - A man who was right in the thick of the Birmingham civil rights movement is being honored Sunday for his years of dedication and service.

Col. Stone Johnson will be honored by Councilor Carole Smitherman by having a street dedicated in his name.

Johnson was a bodyguard to Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1963, he prevented one church bombing by removing a bucket of dynamite the KKK had placed outside Bethel Baptist in Collegeville where Shuttlesworth was the pastor.

The street naming is scheduled for Sunday at 2:30 at the corner of 4th Street SW and McMillan Avenue.

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