Have you taken the time to explore Dunbar recently? No, we’re not talking about Wright State’s Dunbar Library—although we’d encourage that also—but its namesake: Paul Laurence Dunbar, a Dayton native and one of the first nationally recognized African American poets.
You can explore the life and writings of Paul Laurence Dunbar anytime, anywhere, through our online exhibit, which includes a biography and timeline of his life; transcriptions of all Dunbar’s poems (you can search by book or by title); a photo gallery and images of all his book covers; a selected bibliography of useful resources for Dunbar research; and more!
Paul died on February 9, 1906, from tuberculosis at the age of 33 years. He died at this house (left) in West Dayton, which is now a museum. (You can see more photos and additional information about the Paul Laurence Dunbar House on the Dayton Daily News Archive blog.)