Lloyd Johnson was born in 1938 on the farm purchased by his great grandfather in 1850, who crossed over the Mississippi River to Alton as a free man from Missouri. Lloyd was one of ten siblings in an African-American farm family. For much of the farm’s history, the farming was done with teams of horses. Lloyd’s father (Cyrus) always used Percheron draft horses when working on the farm. Lloyd helped modernize farm operations and also became involved in his community. he became involved in the Farm Services Agency, serving in 1990 on the State FSA Committee. Lloyd was also elected as his county's first black highway commissioner.