Ann Arbor News, February 15, 1977
Recipients of awards from the Washtenaw County Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Sunday, included (from the left): Mrs. Mary Taylor, Garther Roberson, Mrs. Josie Taylor, the Rev. John A. Woods and Mrs. Viola Carter.
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Johnny W. Barfield was born February 8, 1927, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As a child he sold soap house to house and, after tenth grade, joined the U.S. Army where he served in France and Germany. After leaving the Army in 1947, Mr. Barfield became a wall washer for the University of Michigan, where hard work, entrepreneurship, and innovation helped him build the largest cleaning business in Ann Arbor. Mr. Barfield is widely recognized for his philanthropic work and support of the African American and business communities.