Vernon Johns

Vernon Johns (HM10U4)

Location: Pamplin, VA 23958 Prince Edward County
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N 37° 12.898', W 78° 32.286'

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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.
HM NumberHM10U4
Marker NumberM 27
Year Placed1994
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 6:54am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 718450 N 4121559
Decimal Degrees37.21496667, -78.53810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 12.898', W 78° 32.286'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 12' 53.88" N, 78° 32' 17.16" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11400 Co Rd 665, Pamplin VA 23958, US
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