Carver Langston in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Langston Golf Course and Driving Range
African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC
—2600 Benning Road, NE —
Until 1939, the only place for African Americans to play golf in Washington was West Potomac Park. That year, in response to petitions by African American golfers asking Interior Secretary Harold Ickes to desegregate the city's public golf courses, Ickes instead permitted construction of a nine-hole course for blacks there on an abandoned trash dump. Golfers continued their pressure until Ickes finally issued an order to desegregate Washington's golf courses in 1941. Always open to all, Langston Golf Course attracted local residents and celebrities, including singer Billy Eckstine, pro golfer Lee Elder, and boxer Joe Louis. Langston memorializes Virginia abolitionist and congressman John Mercer Langston (1829-1897).
"The First Tee" at Langston Golf Course
Oil painting by Linwood Barnes
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 53.903′ N, 76° 58.214′ W. Marker is in Carver Langston, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 26th Street Northeast north of Benning Road NE, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Langston Golf Course (within shouting distance of this marker); Langston Terrace Dwellings/Hilyard Robinson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clark Calvin Griffith (approx. half a mile away); Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); George Preston Marshall (approx. 0.7 miles away); F-16 Fighting Falcon (approx. 0.7 miles away); Morrison Azalea Garden (approx. 0.7 miles away); The City Woman (approx. 0.7 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Langston Golf Course and Driving Range, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 19, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
2. Langston Golf Course. (Submitted on January 19, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 19, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.