Freida Austin Johnson joins the A. T. Johnson Museum Leadership Team, bringing her expertise as the retired Assistant Director of the Prototype Project at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.  Johnson and her team were instrumental in designing a space for a variety of innovative programs that permitted visitors a more hands-on access to museum objects; introduced opportunities for informal, self-directed learning through interactive exhibits in the physical and natural sciences and multicultural exhibitions in the arts and humanities. She is a pioneer in creative convening of artwork and performances. Mrs. Johnson is an alumnus of the University of Maryland, University College with experience and expertise in the research of creative artwork and convening dialogues which explore and identity inequalities in opportunities found in the persistence of racial, ethnic and gender stereotypes. Ms. Johnson is a pioneer of the “African American History and Culture Project” and one of the many ambassadors for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture,

The A. T. Johnson Museum Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Freida Johnson to the Leadership Team to assist Executive Director, Marian Veney Ashton with exhibitions and the administrative and programmatic activities of the Museum. We are delighted that Mrs. Johnson has chosen to make the ATJ M her new Museum home.

For further information please contact Marian Veney Ashton at (804) 493-7070 or