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Metro Davidson County Collection - Nashville Public Library


Portrait #875
Subject/Title:
Claxton, Mary Hannah Johnson (1879-1955)
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:unknown
Owner/Location:Special Collections Division
Nashville Public Library
615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219
Frame Dimensions:25 1/2 x 22 1/2
Image Dimensions:
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:6 August 2007
Condition:Excellent

Description:A young Mary Hannah Johnson, shown in profile view from the right side. Her shoulders are bare and she is wearing a pearl choker.
History of Work:unknown
Notes:A native of Nashville, Tennessee, and an active suffragette, Mary Hannah Johnson began and developed the free library system in Nashville and built cooperation with the public schools. She served as the first librarian at Nashville's Carnegie Library, from ca. 1904 to 1912. In April 1912, Johnson married American educator Philander Priestly Claxton. She died in Washington, DC in 1955.

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