Lawrence in Douglas County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Langston Hughes and the Carnegie Library
Many Lawrence residents, including perhaps Langston Hughes, spent pleasant hours reading and fostering their love of books in this Carnegie Library. As the famous writer and poet wrote:
"...When I was in the second grade, my grandmother took me to Lawrence to raise me. And I was unhappy for a long time, and very lonesome... Then it was that books began to happen to me and I began to believe in nothing but books and the wonderful world in books.
Langston Hughes, The Big Sea, 1940.
Plaque dedicated on the one hundredth anniversary of Hughes birth, 1 February 2002.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Education. In addition, it is included in the Carnegie Libraries 📚 series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 1, 2002.
Location. 38° 58.06′ N, 95° 14.246′ W. Marker is in Lawrence, Kansas, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of 9th Street and Vermont StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 9th Street, Lawrence KS 66044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lawrence City [Carnegie] Library (here, next to this marker); The WheatFields Oven (within shouting distance of this marker); Wiedemann Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 825-827 Massachusetts Street (about 400 feet away); Lucy Hobbs Taylor Building (about 500 feet away); Marks Jewelers (about 500 feet away); Achning Hardware (about 600 feet away); Standard Mutual Life Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrence.
Also see . . .
1. Langston Hughes. Poetry Foundation biography (Submitted on April 16, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Old Lawrence City Library National Register Nomination. (Submitted on April 16, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.