Poet Anne Spencer, considered a member of the Harlem Renaissance despite living in Lynchburg, VA, created with her husband a vibrantly unique home and garden. For over fifty years, the Spencer home was a frequent stop for many African American scholars and artists traveling the East Coast, including such notables as Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King Jr., Marian Anderson, Thurgood Marshall, James Weldon Johnson, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Mary McLeod Bethune. The Spencers were active in the Civil Rights Movement, including Anne’s help in founding the first Lynchburg chapter of the NAACP. The home and garden are now a house museum curated by granddaughter Shaun Spencer-Hester. Photographer John M. Hall and poet Jeffery Beam celebrate the Spencer legacy with an overview of her contributions and a full-color photographic documentary of the home and garden.


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