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Paul Laurence Dunbar House

This Italianate turn-of-the-century structure was the final home of the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. It exhibits his literary treasures, many of his personal items and his family's furnishings. During his short lifetime Dunbar became known as the poet laureate of African Americans. Drawing on his observations of society and the experience of his parents--both former slaves--he gave voice to the social dilemma of disenfranchised people of his day and became a proclaimer of black dignity.

On 23 July 1936, the Dunbar House became the first state memorial to honor an African American. It has been restored to the time period when Paul and his mother, Matilda, lived in the house. A visitor center contains interpretive panels chronicling Dunbar's life and works.

Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial is also a part of the National Park's Service's Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and the Dayton Aviation Trail.

Paul LaurenceDunbar House
219 Paul Laurence Dunbar St.

Dayton, Ohio 45402

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Toll-Free: (800) 860-0148
Local Number: 937-313-2010

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Thursday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Special Hours: Tours by appointment only




Adults: 6.00
Children 6 - 12: 3.00
Children 5 and Under: FREE
Member: FREE
Ohio Historical Society

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Dunbar House

Famed African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar lived here in this Dayton neighborhood with his mother.

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