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This collection is comprised of photographic reproductions from black and white negatives of images taken by Rogerline Johnson, as well as promotional materials from a 2004 traveling exhibit of his work. The subjects and themes of Johnson’s body of work are of black life, the black experience, and the black community in the Arkansas Delta, primarily in Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

Rogerline Johnson was born in 1927 to Henry and Rita Johnson in Columbus, Hempstead County, Arkansas. After completing high school in 1944 at Yerger High School in Hope, Arkansas, Johnson attended Arkansas Agricultural Mechanical and Normal College (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). He became interested in photography during his college years and upon graduating in 1948 briefly taught science and coached football in Marianna before pursuing a career in photography. In 1952, he married Ludie Dolphin and began their family in Lake View. That same year, Johnson opened Johnson’s Studio in Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas. Active in community life, Johnson ran for public office on three separate occasions though did not win his campaigns. He continued to be active in the local community, as reflected in his photography subjects. Rogerline Johnson died in November of 1996.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Phillips County (Ark.); Arkansas





Resource Type



Rogerline Johnson photograph collection, MS.000754


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Rogerline Johnson photograph collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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