Hall moved to Baltimore, MD in 1874 where she met and married activist, author, and pastor of Union Baptist Church, Reverend Dr. Harvey Johnson.
Hall became a minister of sorts herself.
As an editor she sought to encourage other writers with African American ancestry by publishing their works in a short periodical.
Johnson also contributed poems and short stories for children to National Baptist, American Baptist, and Sower and Reaper among other periodicals.
The books were published by the American Baptist Publication Society.