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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

James Weldon Johnson Home - Nashville

James Weldon Johnson Home - Nashville

This home is located on D.B.Todd Blvd just down the road from Fisk University. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Fisk University Historic District. According to the historic marker:

This Dutch Colonial house was built in 1931 for James Weldon Johnson. He served as U.S. Consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua, editor of the New York Age, and field secretary of the NAACP. Johnson's poem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," set to music by his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, is renowned as the Negro National Anthem. Johnson occupied the Adam K. Spence Chair of Creative Literature and taught creative writing at Fisk University from 1931 until his death in 1938.

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