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Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court

 
 
Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
1. Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court Marker
Inscription.
Dr. Robert Walter Johnson
House and Tennis Court
is registered as a
Virginia Historic Landmark
by the
Virginia Historic Resources Board
and placed on the
National Register of Historic Places
by the
U.S. Department of the Interior

Dr. Robert Walter Johnson (1899-1971) moved to Lynchburg in 1933 and established his medical practice. He was active in local politics and the Civil Rights movement, achieving groundbreaking progress within the community. Dr. Johnson built a tennis court adjacent to his home to provide opportunity to African-Americans to participate in this sport. His encouragement and support of participation resulted in two of his proteges, Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, to be the first black female and male to win the Wimbledon Championship. His continued guidance to young African-Americans encouraged many to go on to successful careers in tennis and other occupations.
 
Erected 2002.
 
Location. 37° 24.177′ N, 79° 9.043′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Pierce Street and 15th Street, on the right when traveling north on Pierce Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1422 Pierce Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
2. Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Professor Frank Trigg (here, next to this marker); Site of Dr. Johnson's Tennis Court (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Robert Walter Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); The Anne Spencer House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chauncey E. Spencer, Sr. (about 500 feet away); Amelia Perry Pride’s Dorchester Home (about 600 feet away); C.W. Seay (about 600 feet away); Camp Davis (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsScience & MedicineSports
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 556 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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