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Church recognized for historic link to Langston Hughes

August 20, 2001


The only surviving building in Kansas with a link to Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes has been recognized by the state as a historic landmark.

Hughes lived for 12 years in Lawrence. As a youth, he attended St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church, a Gothic revival building built in 1910 at 900 N.Y.

The church announced Friday that the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review had voted to place the building on the Register of Kansas Historic Places.

The nomination cited the architectural significance of the red brick church, which has stained glass windows and limestone detailing.

"Its architecture, its contribution to the culture of the community and its strong connection with Langston Hughes all make it a nationally important building," said pastor Verdell Taylor.

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