Writers to turn Langston Hughes’ Harlem home into cultural center after successful fundraising campaign | NY Daily News

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Poet Langston Hughes’ Harlem home of 20 years will be turned into a cultural center starting next year.

The former home of Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes will be reborn as an arts center after a writers collective successfully raised money to rent it.

A brownstone on 127th St. where he lived for 20 years in the 1920s and 30s has stood vacant for years, but has fallen into disrepair and currently has 20 open Department of Building violations.

Fears that the structure could eventually lose its tie to the legendary writer led children’s author Renee Watson and a group of fellow writers to try to turn it into a cultural center.

The I, Too, Arts Collective, named for a 1945 Hughes poem, has now raised $130,000 and is planning on signing a lease in the coming weeks in order to start operations by the poet’s Feb. 1 birthday, Watson told the Daily News.

Read more: Writers to turn Langston Hughes’ Harlem home into cultural center after successful fundraising campaign | NY Daily News

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