The Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Wednesday dedicated a floor at the Robert E. Lester Training Center in Oklahoma City in honor of the first black Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper. The third 'deck' where recruits live during the academy was named for Lt. Ronnie Johnson. He was a graduate of the 23rd Academy in 1968. He served as a trooper from 1968 to 1987. He died in 2011. The highway patrol says Johnson broke the racial barrier and paved the way for blacks and other minorities to become state troopers.
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