Sam Allen was honored by Southern Crescent Technical College at the Red Carpet Gala on August 24, 2019, for his steadfast contributions to technical education by naming the Event Center the Frank and Constance Allen Johnson Event Center after his beloved uncle and aunt. Sam Allen was joined at the Red Carpet Gala by his son Russ and daughters Laura and Connie for this special presentation to honor Frank and Constance Allen Johnson.
Frank Johnson was a visionary who invented and manufactured several automation devices. His plant in northern New Jersey was nationalized during WWII and converted to munitions manufacturing. Although he was not a native of Griffin, he decided to retire here after being introduced to the area by a long-time native, his sister-in-law, Clara Edwards Allen. He established a home and farm, where he became an early environmentalist and conservationist. He did such progressive things to benefit the community as provide land to the Experiment Station to develop tung oil trees and new strains of plants, and he also promoted racial harmony in the early days of civil rights. His wife, Constance Allen Johnson, continued his work after his death in 1949.
According to Sam Allen, Frank Johnson would have fully embraced the programs sponsored by Southern Crescent Technical College to train individuals to advance their skills and lives. Most importantly, he would have understood the critical importance of sustaining support for the work of the College by his family’s endowing it through the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation.