Cal Johnson Building (15)

301 State Street

The Cal Johnson Building was constructed in 1898 in the Vernacular Commercial style and originally housed a clothing factory. It was constructed by Knoxville’s first major African American philanthropist and is a rare example of a large commercial structure built by a former slave. Cal Johnson (1844-1925) also served as a city alderman during his extensive career, which included the operation of several area saloons and one of Knoxville’s most popular and durable horse racing tracks at Speedway Circle in Burlington.

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