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

Coming Home

 
 
Coming Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
1. Coming Home Marker
Background photo caption: Paul Laurence Dunbar and an unidentified friend relax in the side yard.
Inscription.
By the late 1890s Dunbar had earned major acclaim for his writing. He wrote poetry, novels, and lyrics for musicals. In 1899 he contracted tuberculosis, a respiratory disease then usually fatal.

Dunbar came home to Dayton. Here he lived his last two years in this, the house he had purchased for his mother. He died here in 1906 at age 33. He is buried in Woodland Cemetery, near his friends Wilbur and Orville Wright.

[Small inset photo caption] Matilda Dunbar loved to bask in her sun-filled side yard. A former enslaved person without a formal education, she encouraged her son Paul to read, write, and publish poetry and novels.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 45.461′ N, 84° 13.131′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Paul Laurence Dunbar Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at the Dunbar House State Memorial. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 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. Paul Laurence Dunbar (here, next to this marker); Rising to the Challenge (within shouting distance of this marker);
Coming Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
2. Coming Home Marker
To immediate right of steps.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Paul Laurence Dunbar's Life Story. (Submitted on September 6, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Dunbar House State Memorial. (Submitted on September 6, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Home of Paul Laurence Dunbar 1872-1906 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 14, 2009
3. Home of Paul Laurence Dunbar 1872-1906 Marker
"Because I had loved so deeply
Because I had loved so long
God in His great compassion
Gave me a gift of song"
Erected by
Boy Scouts
Y.M.C.A. Troop No. 30
June 27 1921
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 6, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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