Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum

Anne Spencer was a poet, a civil rights activist, a teacher,  librarian, wife and mother, and a gardener. More than thirty of her  poems were published in her lifetime, making  her an important figure of  the Harlem  Renaissance and only the second African American  poet to be  included in the 'Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry' (1973). Spencer shared intellectual respect and  repartee with such notables as  James Weldon Johnson, who  first  discovered her poetic talents in 1919,  Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois,  Countee Cullen, Zora Neal Hurston,George  Washington Carver,  Amaza Lee  Meredith,  Gwendolyn  Brooks, and the Rev. Martin Luther King.

The home's current furnishings are almost  identical to Anne Spencer's time there, and  include her favorite magazines, bed  linens, and toiletries. Refelcted throughout the decor is Anne  Spencer's love of color, which she used without  hesitation and in unlikely  combinations. The garden, which served as inspiration for much of Spencer's poetry, was restored in the 1980's and is open without charge from dawn until dusk everyday. The Garden Conservancy continues to provides preservation assistance to maintain garden. Also on grounds, in the garden, is Spencer's writing cottage "Edan Kraal."

Fees

 HOUSE TOUR: Adults: $10.00; Seniors: $5.00; Children under 12: $3.00 (Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult); College Students (with institutional ID): $5.00; GROUP RATES (10 or more): Adults: $5.00; Seniors: $5.00; College Students (with institutional ID): $3.00; GARDEN: Free & open everyday from dawn until dusk