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Albany High Students Help City Prepare For Henry Johnson Day

 A statue of Sgt. Henry Johnson in Albany's Washington Park.
WAMC's Dave Lucas
Albany legend Henry Johnson statue in Washington Park.

Students from Albany High have been helping the city prepare to observe Henry Johnson Day.

Albany High’s Junior ROTC Henry Johnson Battalion polished the statues of the World War I hero in Washington and Livingston Park. Major David Erickson is a Senior Army Instructor at  Albany High:

“Today’s a day off from school and we have about 25 students out here today.”

Ninth-grader Tonema Micra says polishing the statue is important.

“Because other people will come and visit too and also to keep the memory of what he has done in the history in the past.”

The Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service will be awarded June 5th to Albany School District Board Member and activist Tabetha Wilson. Johnson, an African American, posthumously received the Medal of Honor from President Obama in 2015.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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