Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Arna Wendell Bontemps 1902 - 1973

Marker ID: THC 3A 153
Location: 919 Dr DB Todd Jr Blvd, at the intersection with Morena Street, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 9.911    W 086° 48.293
  36.16518333    -86.80488333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Arna Wendell Bontemps
1902 - 1973

At this site lived Arna W. Bontemps, one of the most prolific contributors to the Harlem or Negro Renaissance. From 1943 to 1965, Bontemps, an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, biographer, historian, editor, and author of children's books, was head librarian of Fisk University. During his tenure, the Fisk University Library became a rich repository for the study of African-American culture and history.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.