On this in 1902, date we remember the birth of Blind Willie Johnson. He was an African American gospel singer who performed on the streets of Southern cities.
Johnson grew up near Temple, TX. When he was seven years old, his stepmother, fighting with his father, threw lye in Johnson's face, permanently blinding him. From his youth, he sang gospel songs while accompanying himself on guitar, for donations on the streets of small towns and cities, mostly in Texas. Johnson recorded 30 songs in Dallas, and Atlanta. in 1927-30.