Langston Hughes House
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20 East 127th Street
Popularly known as the Poet Laureate of Harlem, Langston Hughes was a famed African American poet and activist who was a stalwart of the Harlem Renaissance. He originally arrived in NYC in 1921 to attend Columbia University and lived at 20 E 127th from 1947-67 during the last two decades of his life. His Italianate brownstone residence has been designated an official NYC Landmark since 1981. In addition to writing, Langston Hughes is an LGBTQIA icon and it’s widely accepted that he stayed closeted during his lifetime in order to make a living as a Black writer.