John Johnson (1879-1953) was a Lincoln native, Lincoln High School graduate, and early Cornhusker football player.  He worked as a drayman, janitor, teamster and laborer—the typical occupations available to African-American men in early 20th century Lincoln.  In the middle years of his life, from about 1910 until the mid-1920s, he was also a prolific and talented photographer, creating a beautiful and unique pictorial record of his hometown and especially of Lincoln’s African-American community.  Zimmer’s presentation will explore the art and the history of Johnson the photographer.