Charmayne Johnson family papers
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Charmayne Johnson family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Johnson, Charmayne, 1953-
Title: Charmayne Johnson family papers
Dates: 1900-1998, undated
Quantity: 1.33 Linear feet (1 document case, 1 overzsize box)
Identification: aarl004-007

Biographical/Historical Note

The Charmayne Johnson family papers span multiple generations of the Johnson and Brooks families in Atlanta and Decatur, Georgia, from 1900 to 1998. Charmayne Johnson, daughter of DeLoys Brooks Hawk and Mason P. Johnson and the granddaughter of Georgia "Belle" Bishop and Albert Irvin Brooks, was born in Atlanta in 1953. She attended West Fulton High School and Morris Brown College. As of 2010, Charmayne Johnson worked for Emory University.

DeLoys Brooks Hawk (1933-1981), daughter of Georgia and Albert Brooks, attended Herring Street High School and Clark College. After graduating from Clark, Hawk continued her studies at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) and Georgia State University. She taught in Atlanta schools for eighteen years. During the early 1950s, she married Mason Johnson and started a family. After they divorced, DeLoys Brooks married Claude Hawk in the early 1960s. DeLoys Brooks Hawk died October 1981.

The youngest of six children, Georgia "Belle" Bishop Brooks (1910-1998) was born to Charles and Elizabeth Bishop in Griffin, Georgia. There she attended elementary and high school. Later, Georgia Bishop graduated with degrees from Clark College and Atlanta University. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. In 1931, Georgia Bishop married Albert Brooks. They had two children, DeLoys and Albert Jr. For forty years, Brooks taught in Decatur schools, including those for African Americans. Among them was the Herring Street High School, later Trinity High School. She continued teaching after the integration of the Decatur School system in 1967. Georgia Bishop Brooks died in 1998.

Albert Irvin Brooks Sr. (1908-1987), the youngest of three children, was born in Decatur, Georgia, to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Brooks. He attended high schools in Decatur and Atlanta. A graduate of Clark College, Brooks also was an active member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Early in his career, he was as a principal at Lithonia Middle School. Later, Brooks worked for the United States Postal Service. He and his wife were active members of Antioch African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first African American church in Decatur, Georgia. Albert Irvin Brooks Sr. died in 1987.

Scope and Content Note

The Charmayne Johnson family papers, 1900-1998, include awards, certificates, cards, church bulletins, correspondence, funeral programs, materials related to education, legal documents, newsletters, photographs, yearbooks, and other items collected by various members of the Brooks and Johnson families. A portion of the collection consists of papers related to the education of Albert and Georgia Brooks. These include but are not limited to school assignments and report cards, alumni materials, event programs, receipts, and a 1948 yearbook from Herring Street High School.

The legal records document the transfer of property in Griffin, Georgia, between relatives of Georgia Brooks. Color and black and white photographs document family and friends at home and on vacations, as well as various schools. Among the latter are Clark College, Fifth Avenue Elementary, and Trinity High School. Newspaper clippings and articles pertain to family activities and include poems, short stories, and news accounts of local events. Further documenting the personal lives of the Brooks family are yearbooks from Clark College and Morris Brown College, and funeral programs for Albert Irvin Brooks, Georgia Bishop Brooks, and DeLoys Brooks Hawk. Less documented are the family's civic and professional lives. Most of the photographs from the photo album were removed for preservation, though ones that are affixed remain. Identifying information was transferred to folder titles when known.

Index Terms

African American universities and colleges--Georgia--Atlanta--History--20th century.
African Americans--Education--Georgia--Atlanta--History--20th century
African Americans--Education--Georgia--Atlanta.
African Americans--Georgia--Atlanta--History--20th century
African Americans--Social life and customs--20th century
Brooks family
Brooks, Albert Irvin, 1908-1997
Brooks, Belle Bishop, 1910-1988
Clark University (Atlanta, Ga.). -- History
Hawk, DeLoys, 1933-1981
Johnson family
Johnson, Charmayne, 1953- -- Family

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The collection was donated in 2004.


Conditions Governing Use note

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Container List




11Awards and certificates, 1945, 1990, undated
2Cards, undated
3Church bulletins, 1962, 1988
4Correspondence, 1929
5Diploma, Herring Street High School, 1949
6Education, 50th anniversary class reunion speech, undated
8Education, Alpha Sigma Men's Literary Society program, 1917
9Education, application form, Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State College, 1930
10Education, Clark College newsletter, 1986
7Education, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity annual program, 1950
11Education, Clark University program, 1936
12Education, class rolls, 1932
13Education, Herring Street High School Yearbook, 1948
14Education, homework assignments, Georgia Brooks, circa 1930
15Education, scholarship report, Georgia Brooks, 1932
16Education, tuition receipts, Georgia Brooks, 1931
17Funeral programs, 1981, 1987, 1998
18Invitation, Washington Park Consortium, 1992
19Legal Documents, land deed from Lloyd Cleveland to Tom Alston, 1900
20Legal Documents, last will and testament, Noble Johnson, 1917
21Legal Documents, warranty deed and release from Minnie Alston to Elizabeth Bishop, 1937
22Newspaper clippings, Brooks and Johnson families, 1971, undated
23Newspaper clippings, various, 1968, 1986, 1991, undated


OV1Photo album, undated
24Photographs, Albert and Georgia Brooks, 1932-1992, undated
25Photographs, Charmayne Johnson, 1953, undated
26Photographs, Clark College yearbook, 1954
27Photographs, DeLoys Brooks Hawk and family, 1952, undated
28Photographs, Fifth Avenue Elementary School faculty, 1970-1971, undated
29Photographs, family and friends, 1939-1990
30Photographs, Kahlil Brooks, 1977-1982, undated
31Photographs, Trinity High School, undated
32Photographs, unidentified, undated
33Program, Georgia Music Educators Association, 1990
Yearbook, Clark College, 1954
Yearbook, Morris Brown College, 1971