Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Making His Way With Words
Paul Laurence Dunbar
—Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park —
In 1903, the 30-year-old author returned to his hometown after a decade of living in New York, Washington, D.C., and Denver. In 1891 Dunbar had been the sole African American graduate at Dayton’s Central High School, where he was a classmate and friend of Orville Wright.
At the age of 18, Dunbar began a newspaper for African Americans, the Dayton Tattler. Wilbur and Orville printed the paper at their nearby print shop.
(Inscription over the photo at the bottom left of the marker)
In the 1890s, Dunbar was one of the first African American writers to be widely read by whites.
Dunbar’s first published book of poems, Oak and Ivy, sold for a dollar each. When asked why such a small book had such a hefty price, he replied, “A book sells on ist merits, sir, no on its size.”
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 45.467′ N, 84° 13.15′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45402, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rising to the Challenge (here, next to this marker); Paul Laurence Dunbar (within shouting distance of this marker); Coming Home (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.
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music •
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