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James Weldon Johnson Nashville Tennessee Maximum Cards
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Stock #: 235707
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
City: Nashville
State: Tennessee (TN)
County: Davidson
Publisher: The Maximum Card Collection
Postmark: 1988 Feb-2
PM City: Nashville
PM State: TN
Stamp: 2c
Philatelic Notes: Black Heritage Stamp
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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No.88-5. Born in Florida in 1871, James Weldon Johnson faced a prejudiced society. His life would be devoted to the advancement of blacks in America, and his works would be inspiration to all. Graduated from Atlanta University in 1894, Johnson was the first black man ever admitted to the Florida Bar. He practiced law until 1901. Moving to New York, he began writing for vaudeville and minstrel shows, finding that he had quite a talent for writing. As time went on, he became more and more devoted to literary endeavor. In 1912, the Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, was published and, in 1917, Johnson's first book of poetry, Fifty Years and Other Poems was released. In 1927, his most famous work, God's Trombones was issued. The book combines Biblical ideas with black folklore. A founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Johnson served in its offices from 1916 to 1930. In 1925, James Weldon Johnson was awarded the Spingarn Medal for services to the people of his race