of HARFORD COUNTY, Inc.
Matthew Franklin Johnson
Photographed in 2002
Provided by Tamara L. Stickler, Operations Manager, A-Tours
Monday, February 10, 2003, A-Tours' founder and President, Master Storyteller and
Civil Rights Activist, Matthew Franklin Johnson passed from this world to meet
personally those great heroic figures he had been enlightening his family, patrons
and friends about for so many years.
A Civil Rights Activist in the 1960's, Matthew demonstrated in peaceful sit-ins
to end racial segregation. After retiring from a thirty-one year career as a longshoreman,
his love of family history and teaching led him to open A-Tours.
A thirst for knowledge drove him to meticulously research obscure and often
over looked people and their accomplishments. He combined these insights with
a gift for relaying history in a way that immediately captivated any audience.
Mr. Johnson was truly a great teacher and entertainer.
He was an active member of the Historical Society of Harford County,
Smithsonian Society, Small Museums' Association, NAACP and Asbury
Fords Lodge as well as serving as a Co-Project Director of The McComas Institute
and Historian of the Brown-Winder Family Committee. Mr. Johnson was constantly
immersed in his passion.
Matthew Johnson is survived by: his sister, Sedonia Johnson, daughters
Inez Culver and Dorothy Tate, stepsons Paul Smith, Clayton Smith, and Marcus Johnson
and 15 grandchildren as well as a host of other family members.
Family members will decide on the future of A-Tours within the coming weeks.
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