The park honors distinguished poet, novelist, and playwright Langston Hughes (1901-1967). Hughes grew up in the Midwest and moved to New York City to attend Columbia University.
Hughes is known as a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural mecca for Black intellectuals and artists in the early 20th century. He wrote about African American life between the 1920s and 1960s, including The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Montage of A Dream Deferred, and Not Without Laughter, which won the Harmon Gold Medal for Literature.
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