Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Langston Hughes’ grand uncle, John Mercer Langston, was the first black congressman elected from Virginia in 1888. Born James Mercer Langston Hughes February 1, 1902, both of his parents were of mixed race. His mother Carrie (Caroline) Mercer Langston was a school teacher. His father, James Nathaniel Hughes, left the family when Langston was a child.
After his parents separated, Langston was raised by his maternal grandmother, Mary Patterson, in Lawrence,
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