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Dawn "Dawnie" Rae Johnson (born May 18, 1942) was the daughter of Curtis and Loretta Johnson, and older sister of Goober.


Early life[]

On May 18, 1942, Dawnie was born to Curtis and Loretta Johnson at Hadley Hospital in Hadley, Virginia. Her parents named her Dawn since she was born "right as the new day was dawning."[2] Her younger brother, Gunther "Goober" was born in 1945. From kindergarten, Dawnie attended Mary McLeod Bethune School.

Attending Prettyman Coburn[]

Later life[]

Personality and traits[]

Dawnie was intelligent, having the highest grades of the elementary division at Mary McLeod Bethune School.

She was regarded by others as a "tomboy." She preferred wearing dungarees over dresses, was "not scared of getting dirty," and was able to play baseball well. Dawnie admired the baseball player, Jackie Robinson. She also had a secret wish of playing for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Family tree[]

The Johnson Family Tree
Loretta Johnson
Curtis Johnson
Dawn Johnson
(b. 1942)
Gunther Johnson
(b. 1945)

Behind the scenes[]



  1. With the Might of Angels, Andrea Davis Pinkney, pages 3-4
  2. 2.0 2.1 With the Might of Angels, Andrea Davis Pinkney, pages 3-8
  3. With the Might of Angels, Andrea Davis Pinkney, page 13
  4. Hadley is a fictional town, but the book is set within the real-life Lee County.

See also[]

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