Chauncey E. Spencer, Sr. aviation pioneer and Civil Rights activist was born in Lynchburg on 5 Nov. 1906, the son of poet Anne Spencer. He moved to Chicago and by 1934 began pursuing his pilot’s license. As a charter member of the National Airmen’s Association of America, he and Dale L. White in 1939 made an aeronautical tour from Chicago to Washington, D.C., to lobby for the inclusion of African Americans in the Army Air Corps. This included meeting Senator Harry S. Truman. Spencer also worked for the U.S. Air Force and was a public servant in Michigan and California. He lived here from 1977 until his death on 21 Aug. 2002.
Geographic Location: Lynchburg
Physical Description of Location: Lynchburg, VA 24501. Located on Pierce Street, 0.5 miles south of the junction of Pierce Street and Park Avenue. Marker is on the left when traveling south on Pierce Street.
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