A transgender woman, Johnson was one of the most prominent figures during the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969. She was a co-founder of the Gay Liberation Front and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries in the early 1970s and an activist with ACT UP in the late 1980s and ’90s. She passed away in 1992.
“Today makes history in Chicago and placing black trans women in their power and creating our own table,” Brave Space Executive Director LaSaia Wade said in a Facebook post. “This isn’t just for her but for every trans woman that lost their life in these streets of Chicago and across the country. Y’all will not be forgotten.”