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Paul Laurence Dunbar House, Dayton

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The Paul Laurence Dunbar House was the 1904-1906 home of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar in Dayton, Ohio. It is a historic house museum owned by the state of Ohio and operated by Dayton History on behalf of the Ohio Historical Society; it is also part of Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. It is located at 219 Paul Laurence Dunbar Street (formerly called North Summit Street) in Dayton.HistoryDunbar had a long association with Dayton. He was born there in 1872, the son of former slaves, and his first poems were printed in the Dayton Herald in 1888. His first book, Oak and Ivy (1892) was published in Dayton by the United Brethren Publishing House as well.After serving as an elevator operator in Dayton and meeting some success for his writings, Dunbar took a job in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress.Dunbar purchased the home for his mother, Matilda Dunbar, in June 1904. The house is an eight-room brick structure on a quiet street. When Dunbar separated from his wife Alice Ruth Moore in 1902, he moved in as well.By the time Dunbar moved into the house, he was very sick with tuberculosis. He also suffered from alcoholism. It was in this home that Dunbar died in 1906. His death that February was signified by a black wreath which hung on the front door of the home. Add Paul Laurence Dunbar House and other attractions to your Dayton trip itinerary using our Dayton tour builder website .
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  • I just never had an opportunity to visit this museum, despite being a native Daytonian. We took our time visiting this, and many other museums, over summer and winter. This museum has knowledgeable...  more »
  • The Dunbar House was not open the day I visited, but I did walk around the property and took a bunch of pictures. I try to hit any National Park property that I can, so I was not going to miss it...  more »
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  • The Paul Laurence Dunbar house is so much history in there you can feel it in the atmosphere when you walk in. Love that this place is free and open to the community and it's willing to give tours of the Paul Lawrence Dunbar house. I brought a group of second through sixth graders to the Paul Laurence Dunbar house and they have such an amazing time. Also they learned so much about Paul Laurence
  • This is a great historical land marking to visit and it is well kept giving its location
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