Dr. Robert Walter Johnson

Dr. Robert Walter Johnson (HM1EM4)

Location: Lynchburg, VA 24501
Country: United States of America

N 37° 24.187', W 79° 9.057'

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(1899-1971)

The desegregation of tennis was due in large part to the efforts of Dr. R. Walter "Whirlwind" Johnson. The first African American to earn staff privileges at Lynchburg General Hospital, he also worked to overcome barriers keeping young African Americans out of tennis. As founder of the Junior Development Program of the American Tennis Association, Johnson sponsored African-American players from across the country in tournaments and coached and mentored them on a court here at his home. Among those he trained were Wimbledon Champions Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe. Johnson was posthumously inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009.
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HM NumberHM1EM4
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Marker NumberQ-6 27
Year Placed2011
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 11:57pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 663656 N 4141197
Decimal Degrees37.40311667, -79.15095000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.187', W 79° 9.057'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 11.22" N, 79° 9' 3.42" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1422 Pierce St, Lynchburg VA 24501, US
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