Free virtual tours of the John H. Johnson museum will be offered virtually in observance of Black History Month, according to the McGehee-Dermott Times-News.

Johnson founded Johnson Publishing Co., in 1942 and it became the country’s largest African American publishing business, publishing Ebony, Jet and Negro Digest magazines, the company also included a book division and Ebony Fashion Fair cosmetics.

Located at 604 President Street and Courthouse Square in Arkansas City, the museum is a replica of Johnson’s boyhood home, which was a three room “shotgun house.” That term refers to a residential structure with rooms arranged one behind the other and doors at each end.

The museum is a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Desha County and the City of Arkansas City.

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