Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ house just received a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation through its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. The award comes as part of a $1.6 million grant package distributed to historical sites that deserve recognition for the role they play in the preservation of African American landmarks and history.
Hughes’ old house is currently home to the I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit organization that celebrates Hughes’ life and legacy by creating a space for aspiring artists to share and hone their voices. But the apartment was vacant for years before the arts collective moved in, according to this Curbed article.
The grant specifically aims to help historical sites that do not receive the recognition and attention they deserve, which usually means these buildings are in various states of disrepair or could otherwise benefit from extensive restorations.
Hughes lived in the apartment at 20 East 127th Street for the final twenty years of his life. He worked closely to build relationships with other artists and working-class individuals in Harlem that inspired his own work.
Action Fund executive director Brent Leggs said “The recipients of this funding shine a light on once lived stories and Black culture, some familiar and some yet untold, that weave together the complex story of American history in the United States,” according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The money provided by the grant will help boost the community within and around the apartment through renovations and continual upkeep, both of which will help foster a better, safer space for artists, thinkers, and the community as a whole.
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