15 Feb TennisWorthy: Dr. Robert Johnson, Breaking Color Barriers from His Backyard
Walking past 1422 Pierce Street in Lynchburg, Virginia, it is easy to miss history. The property features a modest home with a modest yard in a modest neighborhood.
But to those in town – and to those around the world – who know the story of Dr. Robert Walter Johnson, 1422 Pierce Street is an iconic address. It is where Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe trained to break color barriers. It is where African-American youths learned the values of the civil rights movement. It is where Duke Ellington and Jackie Robinson served as guests.
And it all revolved around a tennis court and the way people carried themselves on it.