Lenwood Johnson died after battling respiratory problems for years.
Johnson became a well-known figure in the 80's and 90's when he unsuccessfully fought the demolition of Allen Parkway Village, a huge public housing complex west of downtown
Johnson later joined the campaign to protect Freedman's Town in the Fourth Ward and to save historic bricks laid by slaves.
He was 75 years old.
Community members celebrate return of Historic Freedmen's Town bricks