Florence in Florence County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
William H. Johnson Birthplace
William Henry Johnson (1901-1970), one of the most important African-American artists of the 20th century, was born nearby on Cox Street. His family later lived on the corner of Cheves and Kemp Streets. In 1918, at the age of 17, Johnson moved to New York City. Johnson studied at the National Academy of Design and the Cape Cod School of Art, won several prizes, and studied art in Europe 1926-29.
Johnson, back in America in 1929-31, had paintings in several exhibitions and a one-day show at the Florence Y.M.C.A. Visits to Florence inspired paintings of local people and places. In 1931 he married Danish artist Holcha Krake, living in Europe before returning to New York in 1938. After Johnson's wife died in 1944 his health declined; he was institutionalized in New York in 1947 and died there in 1970.
Erected 2006 by The Florence City County Council. (Marker Number 21 21.)
Location. 34° 11.673′ N, 79° 45.183′ W. Marker is in Florence, South Carolina, in Florence County. Marker is on Eest Palmetto Street (U.S. 76) just west of Kemp Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence SC 29501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Civil War Union Burials (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wilson School / Wilson High School (approx. ¾ mile away); Florence Stockade Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Florence National Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Henry Timrod (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Cruiser Pee Dee, C.S.N. (approx. 1.4 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Florence Depot (1852) / Wilmington & Manchester RR (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for William Johnson, Artist. (Submitted on November 14, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
2. University of South Carolina - Aiken Page about William H. Johnson. More detail on Johnson's life than the Wiki. (Submitted on November 14, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
3. Kenyon University William H. Johnson Page with Some of Johnson's Work Depicted. (Submitted on November 14, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
4. More of Johnson's Work, Courtesy of Kenyon University. (Submitted on November 14, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
Categories. • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,677 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 3, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.