Byron Johnson

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Byron excelled at shortstop for the Monarchs and Satchel Paige All-Stars from 1937-1940. He was the strong throwing, scrappy short-stop. The Monarchs were one of the teams that anchored the Negro Baseball League.
He served in World War II. He relocated his family to Denver in 1958 and lived in the Park Hill Neighborhood.

After losing his wife Christine, his daughter, Jackie Benton and the Park Hill community sought a way to honor Christine and Byron by developing a lecture/discussion series with such topics as "The Black Man in American," "White Privilege," and "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium." The purpose of the series was to engage people in meaningful dialogue and heighten understanding of one another. As Bryon described the lectures, "We agree to disagree, but to still love each other."

Jackie Benton wrote a book about her courageous father, "The WayMaker: The Life of Byron "Mex" Johnson."

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