Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court

Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court
Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House, Lynchburg VA, November 2008
Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court is located in Virginia
Location: 1422 Pierce St., Lynchburg, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°24′43″N 79°9′2″W / 37.41194°N 79.15056°W / 37.41194; -79.15056Coordinates: 37°24′43″N 79°9′2″W / 37.41194°N 79.15056°W / 37.41194; -79.15056
Built: 1933
Architect: McLaughlin, James T.
Architectural style: Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements, Other
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#:

01001519

[1]
Added to NRHP: January 24, 2002

Dr. Robert Walter Johnson House and Tennis Court is a historic building located in Lynchburg, Virginia, that was built in 1911 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

Dr. Robert Walter Johnson (1899-1971) was a Lynchburg physician, the first minority doctor in the entire city to be granted practice rights at the Lynchburg General Hospital. In addition to his work, Dr. Johnson was a successful trainer for promising African-American tennis players. His American Foursquare style home, built in 1911, includes an adjacent tennis court on the lot next door.

A successful college athlete, Johnson used his athletic skill and personal funds to found the Junior Development Program of the American Tennis Association during the 1950s. Stressing sportsmanship and discipline, Johnson trained stars such as Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, the first African-Americans to ever win at Wimbledon.

The house was also offered as lodging to distinguished African-Americans passing through the city, as blacks were usually denied occupancy from hotels. Guests included the famed Duke Ellington, Jackie Robinson, Lionel Hampton, and Roy Campanella.[2]

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html. 
  2. ^ "Virginia African American Heritage Program". Dr. Robert Walter Johnson Home and Tennis Court. Virginia African American Heritage Program. 2008-11-21. http://www.aaheritageva.org/search/sites.asp?MailingListID=566. 

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