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J. Rosamond Johnson

Born: Aug 11, 1873

Death: Nov 11, 1954

Birthplace: Jacksonville

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

J. Rosamond Johnson

Date of Birth : Aug 11, 1873
Date of Death : Nov 11, 1954
Birth Place : Jacksonville

John Rosamond Johnson, most often referred to as J. Rosamond Johnson, was a Bahamian-American composer and singer during the Harlem Renaissance. Johnson is most notable as the composer of the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing" which has come to be known in the United States as the "Black National Anthem". His brother, the poet James Weldon Johnson, wrote the lyrics of the famous piece. It was first performed live by 500 Black American students from the segregated Stanton School, Jacksonville, FL, in 1900. The song was published by the Edward B. Marks Music Company, formerly the Joseph W. Stern & Co., Manhattan, NY.


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  • John Rosamond Johnson
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