1916This internationally known African-American author (1902-1967) acknowledges in his autobiography The Big Sea that he wrote his first poem while attending Central School here in Lincoln. Ethel Welch, his eighth grade teacher, asked him to write the graduation poem. With no prior experience, Hughes prepared an eight-verse piece to honor each of the school's eight instructors. And the poem was printed in the commencement program. He graduated in 1916 with a class of eighty students. Hughes, a native of Joplin, Missouri, who had grown up in Lawrence, Kansas, had come to Lincoln in 1915 to live with his mother and step-father. He attended high school in Cleveland, Ohio.
|Placed By||The Friends of Langston Hughes, The Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, and The Illinois State Historical Society|
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|Date Added||Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 298299 N 4447118|
|Decimal Degrees||40.15021667, -89.36803333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 9.013', W 89° 22.082'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 9' 0.77999999999999" N, 89° 22' 4.92" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101-199 8th St, Lincoln IL 62656, US|
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