Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and his mother, Matilda, purchased this home on Summit Street in 1904.
Dunbar, one of the first internationally known African-American writers, had been diagnosed with tuberculosis and bought the house to ensure his mother would be secure.
The Paul Laurence Dunbar House is the subject of this week's update to the popular Then & Now photo feature, which explores past and present views of notable Dayton locations.
Though ill, Dunbar wrote prolifically while living in the house, publishing many written works including “The Heart of Happy Hallow,” “Li’l Gal” and “Howdy, Honey, Howdy.”
Dunbar died at home on Feb. 9, 1906. His mother lived there until her death in 1934.
In 1936, the house became the first state memorial to honor an African-American.
Today the home appears much the same as it did at the time of his death and is a museum to the internationally acclaimed writer.
WANT TO GO?
What: The Paul Laurence Dunbar House
Where: 219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St. in Dayton. Start your visit at the visitor center entrance located on Edison Street (just around the corner from the Dunbar house) where you can view a movie and see artifacts and exhibits dedicated to the life of Dunbar.
Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last tour at 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free
More info: 937-225-7705, ext. 224 | Website
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