Poet Langston Hughes may have been born as early as 1901

August 18, 2018 - 9:33 pm

A professor in Kansas says that poet Langston Hughes may have been born a year earlier that what's on record. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Hughes is commonly thought to have been born in 1902, spending his childhood in Topeka and Lawrence. But Washburn University professor Eric McHenry says he unearthed evidence that Hughes was actually born in 1901. Hughes began writing poetry as a child and became a distinguished figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

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