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Charlottesville Church Commemorates Life of Civil Rights Leader

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Hundreds of people commemorated the life of a man who had a tremendous impact on the Charlottesville community.

The Reverend Dr. Reginald Alexander Johnson served the Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cismont for 50 years and worked with a number of other congregations. Johnson was a civil rights leader who led the charge against social injustice and for integration of Albemarle County schools.

Friends and relatives said he enabled them to do better and be better.

"So many people depended on Dr. Johnson and also called on him and his family his wife Phyllis to do things that other people had not stood up to do or maybe were not able to do, but Dr. Johnson sacrificed himself and his ministry to help build up the community," said Rev. Chauncey Brown, a friend of Dr. Johnson.

Services celebrating Dr. Johnson's life were held at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church. Johnson was 92-years-old.

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