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Johnson City in Washington County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Langston High School

1893-1965

 
 
Langston High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 18, 2011
1. Langston High School Marker
Inscription. This building housed Johnson City’s first African-American public high school. Named for U.S. Congressman John Mercer Langston, an educator, lawyer, and the first African-American elected to public office in the United States (Ohio, 1856). Langston High School was established in 1893. “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve.” was the school’s motto. In the spring of 1897, Langston graduated its first class. Due to court-ordered racial desegregation, its last class graduated in the spring of 1963. By the fall semester of the same year, Johnson City Schools were completely integrated.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1A 110.)
 
Location. 36° 19.393′ N, 82° 21.159′ W. Marker is in Johnson City, Tennessee, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Myrtle Avenue and Elm Street. Click for map. The marker stands at the entrance to the Johnson City Schools' Maintenance Department facility. Marker is at or near this postal address: 224 East Myrtle Avenue, Johnson City TN 37601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Science Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Samuel Cole Williams (approx.
Wide view of the Langston High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 18, 2011
2. Wide view of the Langston High School Marker
0.4 miles away); Johnson City (approx. half a mile away); Brush Creek Campground (approx. half a mile away); Colored Christian Church and Colored School (approx. half a mile away); East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); State Flag (approx. 0.6 miles away); Robins’ Roost (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Johnson City.
 
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Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Langston High School (1925) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, July 18, 2011
3. Langston High School (1925)
Today the building serves as the Johnson City Schools' Maintenance Department facility.
<i>Prof. John Langston, Howard University</i> image. Click for full size.
Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, circa 1870
4. Prof. John Langston, Howard University
Langston's early career was based in Ohio where, with his brother Charles, he began his lifelong work for African-American freedom, education, equal rights and suffrage. In 1855 he was one of the first African-American people in the United States elected to public office when elected as a town clerk in Ohio. He was the younger brother of Charles Henry Langston, a fellow abolitionist; John was a great-uncle of the renowned poet Langston Hughes.... - Wikipedia
 
 
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