Loading Events
This event has passed.

On September 19, 2019, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources approved the marker honoring Palmer Hayden in Widewater State Park.

Palmer Hayden, native of Widewater, Stafford County, was a painter during the Harlem Renaissance, who portrayed African-American life, landscapes, seascapes, and African influences in both oils and watercolors.

The John Henry series, 12 paintings about an African-American folk hero, known as the steel driving man, who used his hammer to create railroads and tunnels through mountains, is one of Hayden’s best-known projects.