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Darlington Heights in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Vernon Johns

 
 
Vernon Johns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
1. Vernon Johns Marker
Inscription.  Rev. Dr. Vernon Johns was born here in Darlington Heights on 22 April 1892. A graduate of Oberlin College, Johns was an orator of great renown and the first African-American minister included in Best Sermons of the Year (1926), an international publication. He was pastor of Court Street Baptist Church (1920-1926; 1941-1943) and president of Virginia Theological Seminary and College (1929-1934), both in Lynchburg. Later he was pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama (1948-1952). A blunt-spoken opponent of racial segregation and a champion of civil rights, Johns exhorted his congregations to resist the laws that constricted their lives. He died in Washington, D.C., on 10 June 1965, and is buried just north of here.
 
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number M-27.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil Rights.
 
Location. 37° 12.898′ N, 78° 32.286′ W. Marker is in Darlington
Darlington Heights & Douglas Church Rds (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
2. Darlington Heights & Douglas Church Rds (facing west)
Heights, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker is at the intersection of Darlington Heights Road (County Route 665) and Douglas Church Road, on the right when traveling west on Darlington Heights Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pamplin VA 23958, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Presbyterian Seminary (approx. 4.6 miles away); Hampden-Sydney College (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Birthplace (approx. 4.7 miles away); Hampden-Sydney (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Hampden-Sydney College (approx. 4.8 miles away); About Hampden-Sydney College (approx. 4.8 miles away); Sulphur Spring Baptist Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); Slate Hill Plantation (approx. 5.3 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 502 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 14, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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