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Langston Hughes with neighborhood children at the Children’s Garden in Harlem – 1955

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Photo by Don Hunstein, 1955
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From The Life of Langston Hughes By Arnold Rampersad

In the backyard at 20 East 127th Street, (Mr. Langston’s home) where the lawn in the summer of 1954 was dense and green, a gardener named Mr. Sacred Heart, a follower of the evangelist Father Divine, planted some flowering shrubs. In front of the house, at Langston’s request, someone planted Boston Ivy that crept up the walls and eventually luxuriated, so that everyone knew in which house on the street had lived the poet Langston Hughes. But most of the patch of earth beside the front steps, about six feet square, was barren from years of trampling by neighbourhood children, who had little time for flowers. Langston decided to rescue it, and teach the children a tender lesson at the same time. He named the plot their garden.

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December 15, 2008   Comments Off on Langston Hughes with neighborhood children at the Children’s Garden in Harlem – 1955