This marker will be dedicated during a ceremony at its location in Widewater State Park, near the Visitors Center in Stafford County. The event is open to the public.
Here is the text of the marker:
Palmer Hayden (1890-1973)
Palmer Hayden, artist, was born Peyton Cole Hedgeman nearby in Widewater. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and later studied art at Columbia University and in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. He achieved prominence as a painter during the Harlem Renaissance. A first prize in a painting competition sponsored by the Harmon Foundation in 1926 led to a five-year stay in France. Although Hayden’s works include seascapes and African themes, most notable are his portrayals of ordinary African Americans in everyday life and his depictions of the legendary John Henry. The Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles houses a large collection of his work.
Sponsor: Friends of Widewater State Park