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|Title: Lakeview School|
Artist: Hughes, Langston
Lakeview School, 1908.
This photograph from the Shane-Thompson Collection of the Kansas Collection at the University of Kansas shows a classroom about 25 years after the Charles and Mary Langston family moved away from Lakeview.
The one-room schoolhouses included all grades, with a limit of 60 students. Here the older students wear suits and ties. In this area the classes were integrated through all grades. Langston Hughes’s mother and uncle probably attended this school.
From 1860 to 1877, Lakeview School was in a smaller building located north of the railroad tracks. In 1877, the brick and stone schoolhouse was built. An 1880 newspaper clipping describes a school program of songs, pantomimes, tableaus, recitations, orations, and dialogues. This may have been an inspiration for Carrie Langston’s interest in theater.