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Johnny James Young

Johnny James Young, 1996

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Johnny James Young with some of his siblings (he is the one with his head above girl with upraised arms).
Courtesy of Bossie Young and Teresa Hampton

Johnny James Young with some of his siblings

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Johnny James Young’s gospel choir, the Young Memorial.
Courtesy of Teresa Hampton

Johnny James Young’s gospel choir, the Young Memorial

Dates alive: 
1924–2002
Residence (at time of interview): 
Courtland, AL

Johnny James Young was descended from Susan Scott, a Monticello slave who was brought to northern Alabama by Jefferson's great-grandson William Stuart Bankhed in 1846.  When Young was growing up, his family was still closely tied to Bankhead's descendants and some family members lived on and farmed their land. Johnny James Young helped with the cotton crop as a child and raised cotton as an adult.  "I've been a farmer all my life," he said.  The church and music were important to him and for years he performed with a successful family gospel quartet, the "Young Memorial."  Today, many of Susan Scott's descendants carry on a vibrant gospel music tradition.

 

 

Interview Information: 

1996 Nov. 11, Courtland, AL
Interviewees: Lester B. Diggs, Johnny James Young

Excerpts: 
Ancestry: 
  • Jupiter 1743–1800 Suck 1758–post 1796
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  • Susan Scott
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  • Mildred Scott Young 1848–post 1930
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  • Johnny James Young 1924–2002
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