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Broadway, New York, NY, c1908.
Broadway in 1908, the theater center of New York, hosted musicals with songs by the Johnson Brothers

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James Weldon Johnson Was Born
June 17, 1871

Johnson started his career as principal of a black high school in Jacksonville. He began practicing law in 1898, when he was admitted to the Florida bar. In 1901, he moved to New York City with his brother, composer John Rosamond Johnson, who put "Lift Every Voice and Sing" to music. There, the two brothers wrote some 200 songs for Broadway productions. Then President Theodore Roosevelt appointed James W. Johnson United States consul to Venezuela in 1906. Some years later, Johnson took on another important leadership role.
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