Natalie Cliﬀord Barney
Natalie Clifford Barney was born in Dayton on October 31, 1876. Her family was wealthy and industrious, including her great grandfather who founded the Dayton Academy, Cooper Female Seminary, and Dayton Car Works. Natalie, who knew that she was a lesbian by age twelve, lived an outspoken and independent life unusual for a woman of this time period. Her openness and pride about her sexuality, without shame, was at least one hundred years ahead of its time. She published Some Portrait-Sonnets of Women, a book of love poems to women under her own name in 1900. American painter Romaine Brooks was Barney's partner and companion for fifty years.
Natalie Clifford Barney moved to Paris, France in 1909 where she wrote fiction, verse, essays, drama, epigrams, and several memoirs. She hosted an infamous literary salon for fifty years where the leading writers and artists of the time gathered. In 1927, she formed a group to honor female writers because the French Academy was limited to men. Barney repeatedly sought to advance the rights of women and is considered a top French feminist writer of the 20th century. She was the inspiration for characters in at least twelve books, including Valerie Seymour in the Well of Loneliness. Barney died in 1972 and is buried in Paris while her
Erected 2009 by Greater Dayton LGBT Center The Living Beatitudes Community/Dignity Dayton Gay Ohio History Initiative The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 16-57.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 45.653′ N, 84° 11.294′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of North St. Clair and 2nd Street, on the right when traveling north on North St. Clair. Touch for map. Marker is in Cooper Park, on the north side of the new library (under construction). Marker is at or near this postal address: 31 North St. Clair, Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cooper Park (a few steps from this marker); To the Memory of William McKinley (within shouting distance of this marker); Blue Star Mothers' Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Montgomery County World War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Montgomery County Spanish-American War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles Montgomery County Civil War Memorial Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 0.2 miles away); Still on Patrol (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
Also see . . . Natalie Clifford Barney - Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 22, 2017, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Civil Rights • Women •
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