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

Making His Way With Words

Paul Laurence Dunbar

 

—Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park —

 
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By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
1. Making His Way With Words Marker
Inscription. As a poet, novelist, and popular lecturer, Paul Laurence Dunbar used his extraordinary way with words to achieve international fame. In just ten years, Dunbar rose from a job running a downtown Dayton elevator to receiving an invitation to President McKinley’s inauguration.

In 1903, the 30-year-old author returned to his hometown after a decade of living in New York, Washington, D.C., and Denver. In 1891 Dunbar had been the sole African American graduate at Dayton’s Central High School, where he was a classmate and friend of Orville Wright.

At the age of 18, Dunbar began a newspaper for African Americans, the Dayton Tattler. Wilbur and Orville printed the paper at their nearby print shop.

(Inscription over the photo at the bottom left of the marker)

In the 1890s, Dunbar was one of the first African American writers to be widely read by whites.

Dunbar’s first published book of poems, Oak and Ivy, sold for a dollar each. When asked why such a small book had such a hefty price, he replied, “A book sells on ist merits, sir, no on its size.”
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 45.467′ N, 84° 13.15′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio
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By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
2. Making His Way With Words Marker
, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Edison Street west of North Paul Laurence Dunbar Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rising to the Challenge (here, next to this marker); Paul Laurence Dunbar (within shouting distance of this marker); Coming Home (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.
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, Music
 
Making His Way With Words Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 19, 2013
3. Making His Way With Words Marker
 
 
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