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"Anne Spencer: Her Book" - Reading the Writer's Library

Featured Speakers:

Noelle Morrissette Program Director of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Associate Professor of English, UNC – Greensboro

Shaun Spencer-Hester Executive Director of the Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum, and granddaughter of Anne Spencer 


About the Event:

Anne Spencer (1882-1975) lived most of her life in Virginia and co-founded the Lynchburg chapter of the NAACP in 1918. Despite being well-known in her time, Anne Spencer is not a household name like some of her contemporaries, though their recognition of her talent was a remarkable feat for an African American woman of that era. The University of Virginia holds an extensive collection of Anne Spencer’s papers in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library including manuscripts and notebooks of poetry, short stories, articles, and prose. In this virtual program, Dr. Noelle Morrissette will explore the legacy of Anne Spencer’s life and work. Dr. Morrissette received a 2014 Lillian Gary Taylor visiting fellowship at UVA for her forthcoming biography on Anne Spencer; her lecture will discuss how the University’s collection proved vital to her research. Attendees will also hear from Anne Spencer’s granddaughter Shaun Spencer-Hester, Executive Director of the Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum in Lynchburg. Anne Spencer and her husband hosted many prominent guests in this home, including James Weldon Johnson, Marian Anderson, Langston Hughes, and Martin Luther King, Jr. To learn more about the house and garden, check out this recent article from Virginia Humanities.

For more information, contact Holly Thornhill (Associate Director for Donor Relations, UVA Library) at

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March 26, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Zoom link provided to registered attendees

Event type: Lecture