Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court

Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court (HM1EMM)

Location: Lynchburg, VA 24501
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 24.177', W 79° 9.043'

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Dr. Robert Walter Johnson
House and Tennis Court
is registered as a
Virginia Historic Landmark
by the
Virginia Historic Resources Board
and placed on the
National Register of Historic Places
by the
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.
Year Placed2002
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 8:21am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 663677 N 4141179
Decimal Degrees37.40295000, -79.15071667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.177', W 79° 9.043'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 10.62" N, 79° 9' 2.58" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1422 Pierce St, Lynchburg VA 24501, US
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