Posted on 08/10/2018 at 08:42 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
It turns out we’ve been wrong about Langston Hughes’s birthday all these years.
Poet Eric McHenry told The New York Times that he spotted a reference to “Little Langston Hughes” in a digitized version of the African-American newspaper for Topeka, Kansas.
The mention on December 20, 1901, is a few months before Hughes’s long-reported birth date of February 1, 1902.
More research in census reports and other historical documents provide solid evidence that it is, in fact, the famous poet and not another child with the same name.
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