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Anne and Edward Spencer in their backyard garden in Lynchburg with two of their grandchildren, circa 1930.

Anne Spencer.

Anne Bannister Spencer (18821975) was a poet, civil rights activist, teacher, librarian, wife and motherand an avid lifelong gardener. As a poet, she contributed to the Harlem Renaissance, a black literary and cultural movement of the 1920s. In 1973, she was the first Virginian and the second African American poet to be included in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry.