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118-0061 Anne Spencer House

Anne Spencer House
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VLR Listing Date 09/21/1976

NRHP Listing Date 12/06/1976

NPS property number 76002224

During her long and active life, Anne Spencer (1882-1975) was recognized as a lyric poet of considerable talent. For an African American woman to win recognition from her intellectual peers was a remarkable feat given the climate of the times. Through quiet dedication to her craft and causes, she gained respect not only as a writer but as a humanitarian. Although a foe of bigotry, her poems dwell more on the universal themes of love, beauty, truth, nature, and the human spirit. Among the many visitors to her Lynchburg home were W. E. B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thurgood Marshall. Mrs. Spencer’s commodious but unpretentious Queen Anne-style house of 1903 remains unchanged since her death, preserved by the Friends of Anne Spencer Memorial Foundation, Inc., and located in the Pierce Street Historic District. In the garden is Edankraal, a one-room cottage where she wrote and thought.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated February 15, 2019