Hughes visits his Mother.

Hughes visits his mother in Washinton D.C.. Hughes works a series of odd jobs. These include: working as a busboy, in a laundry room, and in the office of Carter G. Woodson. Hughes remains in Washington for around a year and in that time Hughes encounters numerous notable people including Vachel Lindsay, Arna Bontemps, Wallace Thurman, and Zora Neale Hurston. 

Hughes's ashes are buried.

Hughes's ashes are buried at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. His ashes are buried here as a celebration of his 89th birthday and Black History month. As part of an ancestral burial rite poets Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka danced upon the site where Hughes's ashes were buried.