Boyhood Home

CLEVELAND (AP) - A boyhood home of writer Langston Hughes has
been purchased after foreclosure by a nonprofit group in Cleveland
that aims to preserve it.

The Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp. says options include
renovating it into a residence or restoring it to create a Hughes
museum.

Hughes was born in Joplin, Mo., and lived in Lincoln, Ill.,
before moving into the Cleveland house as a teenager around 1917.

The 2 1/2-story, wood-frame house was sold at a sheriff's
auction in February. It was transferred to the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development, which sold it to the group for $100.

The Academy of American Poets says Hughes' novels, plays and
poems displayed insightful portrayals of black life in America. He
died in 1967 in New York City.
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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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