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Living Mural: Paul Laurence Dunbar

By Cory L. Stowers and Eric B. Ricks, 2015

 
 
Living Mural: Paul Laurence Dunbar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 9, 2018
1. Living Mural: Paul Laurence Dunbar Marker
Inscription.  
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
Living Mural: Paul Laurence Dunbar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 9, 2018
2. Living Mural: Paul Laurence Dunbar Marker
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 figures and major entertainers who traveled to DC to appear in the numerous theaters along U Street.

#ARTBLOCDC #15ANDU #LIVINGMURAL #PAULLAURENCEDUNBAR
 
Erected 2015 by Art B.L.O.C., 15&U, Aurasma, The JBG Companies.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 38° 55.012′ N, 77° 2.099′ W. Marker is in Dupont Circle in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from U Street Northwest west of 15th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east. On the west wall of Bread Bite Bakery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1506 U Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); This is part of the Shaw neighborhood
Sign to the left of marker with directions image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 9, 2018
3. Sign to the left of marker with directions
Living Mural: Paul
Laurence
Dunbar


New Augmented Reality Experience
by Cory L. Stowers and Eric B. Ricks

To begin your experience

1. Download the Aurasma App to your device
2. Create a user login and password for yourself
3. Search and follow the channel - Living Mural: Paul Laurence Dunbar
4. You are now able to scan/view - Living Mural: Paul Laurence Metcalf
The Aurasma scanning window and select an image by looking through your device
The content should launch when the device recognizes the image
Once it launches, you can double-click the screen for a full screen view


[Top left section of sign:]
Art B.L.O.C.
Building Longevity for Our Community

#ARTBLOCDC
#15ANDU
#LIVINGMURAL
#PAULLAURENCEDUNBAR
(about 500 feet away); St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church (about 500 feet away); Meridian Hill Park (about 700 feet away); Todd Duncan Residence (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dupont Circle.
 
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.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 22 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.
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