Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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); Making His Way With Words (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Enon Missionary Baptist Church / Euclid Avenue United Brethren Church (approx. ¼ mile away); 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). 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 Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons •
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 554 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 6, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.