U Street Corridor in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Living Mural: Paul Laurence Dunbar
By Cory L. Stowers and Eric B. Ricks, 2015
Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 - February 9, 1906) was an American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio, to parents who had been enslaved in Kentucky before the American Civil War, Dunbar started to write as a child and was president of his high school's literary society. He published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper.
Much of his more popular work in his lifetime was written in the Negro dialect associated with the antebellum South. His work was praised by William Dean Howells, a leading critic associated with the Harper's Weekly, and Dunbar was one of the first African-American writers to establish a national reputation. He wrote the lyrics for the musical comedy, In Dahomey (1903), the first all-African-American musical produced on Broadway; the musical also toured in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The Dunbar Hotel (1945-1974) Named for Paul Laurence Dunbar; this 6-story building was originally built as in 1897, an apartment house for white residents; it closed briefly in the early 1940s and when reopened as The Dunbar Hotel it contained 485 bedrooms with baths. In the days of segregated Washington, The Dunbar Hotel offered an oasis for many African-Americans including prominent local
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Erected 2015 by Art B.L.O.C., 15&U, Aurasma, The JBG Companies.
Location. 38° 55.019′ N, 77° 2.106′ W. Marker is in U Street Corridor, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from U Street NW west of 15th Street NW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. On the west wall of Bread Bite Bakery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1506 U Street NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Shared Neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Prestige Address (about 400 feet away); Strong Families and Eminent Citizens (about 500 feet away); Saint Augustine Roman Catholic Church (about 500 feet away); This is part of the Shaw neighborhood (about 600 feet away); Meridian Hill Park (about 600 feet away); Todd Duncan Residence (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in U Street Corridor.
Also see . . .
1. Paul Laurence Dunbar. (Submitted on March 9, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
2. Paul Laurence Dunbar. (Submitted on March 9, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.