Portrait honors Albert Johnson, state’s first African-American mayor
Posted: 05/26/2012 07:46:23 PM MDT
Lauren E. Toney/For the Sun-NewsLAS CRUCES — The official portrait of former Las Cruces Mayor Albert N. Johnson, drawn with charcoal by a renowned artist, was unveiled to the public Saturday in a ceremony at City Hall that celebrated his legacy of service to the community.The first African American mayor in New Mexico, Johnson was elected to the Las Cruces City Commission in 1968 and served as mayor from 1976 to 1980. He was elevated to mayor by fellow council members in an era before the public voted for mayor.
Raised in Nashville, Tenn., Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College, now Tennessee State University, and was employed as a civil engineer at White Sands Missile Range.