Historic Markers Across Tennessee

James Weldon Johnson Home

Marker ID: THC 3A 141
Location: 911 Dr DB Todd Jr Blvd, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 9.873    W 086° 48.283
  36.16455    -86.80471666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMEK7M


This Dutch Colonial house was built in 1931 for James Weldon Johnson. He served as U.S. Consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua, editor of the New York Age, and field secretary of the NAACP. Johnson's poem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," set to music by his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, is renowned as the Negro National Anthem. Johnson occupied the Adam K. Spence Chair of Creative Literature and taught creative writing at Fisk University from 1931 until his death in 1938.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission