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Golf Icons Celebrate Langston's History

This week, council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) teamed up with Professional Golfers' Association PGA legend Calvin Peete and a host of African American golfing greats in the club house of the John Mercer Langston Golf Course to celebrate the course's 70th anniversary. At one time, it was the only venue for African Americans to play the game in the District.

"In 1939, this course was dedicated because John Mercer Langston went to Congress because African Americans couldn't go to the other golf courses in the city, and this was a dump that was made into a golf course," Thomas said. "Every professional African American golf player except for Tiger Woods has played at Langston, and my goal now is to get him here."

In addition to events at the course, golfing icons and officials gathered at the City Museum last night for the John Mercer Langston Awards Dinner & African American Golf Hall of Fame Recognition ceremony. Langston was a noted Howard University lawyer and educator.

The golf course that bears his name is on the National Register of Historic Places and preserved by the National Park Service.

By Hamil Harris  |  June 9, 2009; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  City Life , Hamil R. Harris  
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