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Two State Historical Markers to be Dedicated in Bristol

October 30, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Two state historical markers will be dedicated in Bristol. One marker recalls the career of city native Dr. Charles S. Johnson, a scholar of race relations and major contributor to the Black cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. Another marker highlights Lee Street Baptist Church, established by recently emancipated African Americans in 1865.

The markers’ sponsor, the Bristol Historical Association (BHA), will dedicate the signs during a public
ceremony beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 30, at Cumberland Square Park, where the signs are installed
on the park’s east side, facing Lee Street.

Event speakers will include Bristol Virginia Mayor Anthony Farnum and Bristol Tennessee Mayor Mahlon
Luttrell; Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security and a grandson of Dr. C. S. Johnson; Sid Oakley
and Tina McDaniel of the BHA; Dr. W. A. Johnson, pastor at Lee Street Baptist Church; Dr. Kris Aaron of First
Baptist Church; and Dr. Colita Fairfax, a member of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, which is
authorized to designate new historical markers.


October 30, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Cumberland Park
200 Lee St,
Bristol, Virginia 24201
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