Miller Park in Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Georgia Weston Morgan
Erected 2015 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-6-33.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Education.
Location. 37° 24.529′ N, 79° 9.696′ W. Marker is in Miller Park in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Memorial Avenue (Virginia Route 163) and Orchard Street, on Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Robert Withers Morgan (here, next to this marker); Lucille Chaffin Kent (approx. ¼ mile away); Civil War in Lynchburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kemper Street Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mustered and Disbanded 1861-1865 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Second Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lynchburg’s First Public Hanging, 1830 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lynchburg, Virginia, 1864 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miller Park.
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1. 2000 National Register of Historic Places Inventory for Centerview. Excerpt from Statement of Significance by J Daniel Pezzoni. “Of Robert and Mary Morgan’s six children, the best known is Georgia Weston Morgan, who was born in 1869 while the family lived in Floyd County. Georgia taught art in the public schools in the 1890s before coming to the attention of Bernhard Gutmann and Louise I. Smith, founding members of the Lynchburg Art League (1895). In 1899 Morgan enrolled at Randolph Macon Woman’s College to study art under Smith, and in 1906 she was hired as an art instructor at the school. Morgan focused on portraiture during the early years of her career, but after studies in Paris in 1909-10 she began to produce the expressive landscape scenes for which she is principally
“Georgia and the other heirs of Mary I. Morgan sold Centerview out of the family in 1923. Georgia, then aged fifty-four, continued to gain recognition as an artist both in Lynchburg and on the national scene. In 1926 she founded the Lynchburg Art Club and in 1932 she established the Lynchburg Civic Art League. In the mid-1930s she worked to secure Works Progress Admistration funding for a community arts program. Her civic involvement was not limited to the arts; from 1933 to 1936 she served as vice president of the Lynchburg Historical Society, and she was active in many local and national organizations. ‘Miss Georgia,’ as she was known to her students, was considered something of a Bohemian in Lynchburg. ‘She was always covered in paint,’ recalled one student, ‘and in order to remember where her brushes were she kept them in her hair.’ On her death in 1951, the local press eulogized Georgia Weston Morgan as the ‘Dean of Lynchburg Artists.’
“The Morgans sold Centerview to Calvin Lafayette and Mildred E. (White) Burgess in November 1923.”
(Submitted on June 16, 2017.)
2. Marker Dedicated in Memory of College Artist. Includes photograph from marker dedication. “ ‘At a time when it was not common in Lynchburg, Georgia Morgan reached out and extended her considerable skills to educating all people of Lynchburg in art,’ said Randolph President Bradley W. Bateman at the dedication ceremony. ‘She wanted all people in Lynchburg to have access to art—not simply to know about art and see art, but also to make art. This, I believe, is what truly reflects her education at Randolph and makes her such an important person and figure in the history of Lynchburg.’ ” (Submitted on June 16, 2017.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 16, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 2. submitted on June 15, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on June 16, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.