Johnson Elementary School - Bonne Idee


Prior to 1951, “colored” students in rural Morehouse Parish attended church schools at various black churches. During the fall of 1951 several of these schools merged into what became known as the Johnson Elementary School.


The students were transported by bus, from the Cherry Hill #1, Cherry Hill #2 and Little Dee School, also the community children from the "Bend".


Despite the challenges in their path such as the split school session due to the agricultural planting and harvesting season, as well as limited resources due to segregation, every obstacle taught life lessons, which improved the overall quality of life of the children.

After integration, the school was closed in 1969. The parcel of Johnson Elementary School is currently owned by three former students Clem Payne Jr., Cleophus Payne and Edgar Narvin Payne.

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