Shannon Gavin Johnson
“As a young girl, I read Elswyth Thane’s novel Dawn’s Early Light and the following summer, my parents took me to Colonial Williamsburg for summer vacation. Ever since, I have been enamored by the Revolutionary Era. When I began to study history in college, that love developed into a deep respect for the men and women who, albeit flawed individuals, sacrificed greatly to make a country out of a colony. Lafayette Alliance allows me an opportunity to educate our community, and hopefully beyond one day, of the character and values of those, like Lafayette, who did so much to form our nation.”
Shannon Gavin Johnson is the Executive Director of Troup County Historical Society Archives and Legacy Museum on Main. Shannon is from Fayette, Alabama, and holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama. Shannon earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Samford University in Birmingham. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the Society of Georgia Archivists, the second vice-regent of the LaGrange Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Rotary International, and serves on the board of LaGrange International Friendship Exchange. She also serves on the City of LaGrange’s Downtown Historic Preservation Commission and is the chair of the Troup County Historic Preservation Commission. She resides in LaGrange with her husband, Forrest, their children, Hardy and Gunner, and their dogs Ginger and Maggie.