Anne Spencer was an influential, African-American poet whose long life spanned the end of the 19th and much of the 20th century. More than thirty of her poems were published in her lifetime, making her an important figure of the Harlem Renaissance. She is the first African American woman to be featured in the highly influential Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry (1973). In addition to her writing, Spencer helped to found the Lynchburg Chapter of the NAACP.
Her home was an important center and intellectual salon for guests and dignitaries, such as James Weldon Johnson, who first discovered her poetic talents in 1919, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Countee Cullen, Sterling A. Brown, Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, Zora Neal Hurston, Mary McLeod Bethune, Adam Clayton Powell, Claude McKay, George Washington Carver, H.L. Mencken, Amaza Lee Meredith, Gwendolyn Brooks, and the Rev. Martin Luther King.
The house and garden were designated a Virginia Historic Landmark in 1976, and also a Friends of the Library USA Literary Landmark, and a Historic Landmark by the Association for the Study for Afro-American Life and History. It is also included on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House
With a collection of more than 25,000 objects, ranging from antique toys to quilts and from Civil War artifacts to thousands of historic photographs, the Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House collects, interprets, and preserves the history and material culture of Lynchburg and the surrounding area.
This excursion includes lunch at the Depot Grille (formerly the N&W Freight Depot) located in a historic location between the abandoned canal, still-active railroad tracks, and the James River. These transportation arteries provided Lynchburg with a mercantile foundation that now spans three centuries.
Virginia Journeys is a member-only travel program. The reservation fee includes transportation, admission fees, lunch, and snacks and beverages while in transit. The reservation fee is nonrefundable. Cancelled reservations may be eligible for a charitable contribution tax deduction and will be receipted upon request.
This book focuses on the Garden club of Virginia's research and preservation, showcasing a host of historical and contemporary drawings, extensive native and heritage plant lists, and 125 splendid new color photographs.