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Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Paul Laurence Dunbar

 
 
Paul Laurence Dunbar Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
1. Paul Laurence Dunbar Marker
Inscription. Born on June 27, 1872 in Dayton to former slaves Joshua and Matilda Dunbar, Paul Laurence Dunbar developed a love of stories during his early years. He wrote his first poem at age six and recited his original Easter Ode at age nine to the congregation of the Baker Street A.M.E. Church. At age 17 Dunbar developed and edited the first Dayton African American newspaper, The Dayton Tattler, printed by Orville and Wilbur Wright. With such notable titles as Majors and Minors and Lyrics of Lowly Life in 1896, Dunbar finished four collected volumes of short stories, four novels, three published plays, lyrics for 13 songs, fourteen books of poetry, 400 published poems, and uncounted essays on social and racial topics over a thirteen year period. These works helped him achieve national recognition and international acclaim as America's first professional writer of African American heritage. He died in Dayton on February 9, 1906.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-57.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 45.463′ N, 84° 
Paul Laurence Dunbar Home and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
2. Paul Laurence Dunbar Home and Marker
"Coming Home" marker immediately right of steps. "Home of Paul Laurence Dunbar" marker on front wall to right of porch.
13.133′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Paul Laurence Dunbar Street south of Edison Street, on the right. Click for map. Marker is in front of the Paul Laurence Dunbar House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar Street, Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coming Home (here, next to this marker); Rising to the Challenge (within shouting distance of this marker); Making His Way With Words (within shouting distance of this marker); The Professor of the Propeller (approx. 0.3 miles away); Orville's Last Workshop (approx. 0.3 miles away); 31 Years at the Lab (approx. 0.3 miles away); West Side (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wheels to Wings (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
 
Regarding Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Dunbar House is a National Historic Landmark.
 
Also see . . .
1. Paul Laurence Dunbar House. The house is a museum, operated by the Ohio Historical Society. (Submitted on April 2, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.) 

2. Historic American Buildings Survey - Statement of Significance. The Paul Laurence Dunbar House in Dayton, Ohio was the last home of Paul Laurence Dunbar, generally regarded as the first
1925 Paul Laurence Dunbar Street Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
3. 1925 Paul Laurence Dunbar Street Bridge Marker
Bridge rebuilt 2008.
black American to achieve distinction in the literary field. The home was built in 1894 and was purchased by Dunbar in the autumn of 1903; he and his mother lived there until his death in 1906. Matilda Dunbar continued to live in the home and preserved her son's works until her death in 1934. In 1937, the State of Ohio purchased the property and turned it over to The Ohio Historical Society.... (Submitted on December 15, 2012.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicCommunicationsNotable Persons
 
Paul Laurence Dunbar Street Bridge Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
4. Paul Laurence Dunbar Street Bridge Markers
Over Wolf Creek, about 700 feet north of the home.
Paul Laurence Dunbar Street Bridge and Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
5. Paul Laurence Dunbar Street Bridge and Markers
Looking north along PLD Street across Wolf Creek.
 
 
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