Paul Johnson is a descendant of the Edmonson family who are famous through their participation in the 'Pearl Incident,' the largest recorded escape attempt by slaves in the United States on April 15, 1848. His foundation, the Paul and Amelia Edmonson Foundation, donated a 2 volumes of 'The Devotional Family Bible' by Rev. Alexander Fletcher, D.D. A photograph and birth document are intersleeved between the pages of one of the bibles.
African American abolitionists
African American families
African American history
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum