Lincoln in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The First Poem by Langston Hughes
Hughes' prominence in American literature comes mainly from his poems and novels written during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. His subsequent poetry, short stories, and other works, which appeared in the Chicago Defender and the New York Post, assured his fame. His literary works celebrate the African-American experience in the United States and his many admirers have bestowed on him the title of Poet Laureate of Black America. One of his most famous poems follows:
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Erected 1998 by The Friends of Langston Hughes, The Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, and The Illinois State Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 9.013′ N, 89° 22.082′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of 8th Street and North Union Touch for map. Marker is on the southwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Lincoln IL 62656, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Niebuhr Family of Theologians (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The William Maxwell Boyhood Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Centennial Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lincoln's Lincoln (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stephen A. Douglas Speech (approx. 0.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln, Illinois (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Lincoln House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lincoln Rustic Scene of Conspiracy (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music •
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