Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court
House and Tennis Court
is registered as a
Virginia Historic Landmark
Virginia Historic Resources Board
and placed on the
National Register of Historic Places
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.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1422 Pierce Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. 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); Pauline Weeden Maloney (about 500 feet away); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Science & Medicine • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 616 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.