Norton Seeks Recognition for Historic Golf Course

Norton's bill expected to pass in the House

Golf is more than a game at Langston.  

In honor of Black History Month, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced a resolution celebrating the Langston Golf Course in northeast Washington.

The Langston Golf Course opened in 1939 specifically for African-American golfers who were not allowed to play at "whites only" courses. It's named after John Mercer Langston, a renowned Howard University educator and political figure. In 1888, he became the first black congressman elected from Virginia. 

The course is now "an integral park of  the nation’s capital, serving local and regional residents, visitors and tourists," according to Norton's Web site.  

Debate on Norton's bill was scheduled to begin in the House around 2:30 p.m. Monday. It was expected to win approval.

The congresswoman has also introduced a separate bill to improve the three golf facilities located in D.C. -- Langston, Rock Creek and East Potomac. The Golf Course Preservation and Modernization Act of 2009 would let The National Park Service use public-private partnership dollars to help rehabilitate the facilities. The park service owns the courses. 

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