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Paul Laurence Dunbar House

Paul Laurence Dunbar purchased this house for his mother in 1904, and he lived there with her until his death from tuberculosis in 1906. In rapidly failing health, Dunbar continued to write, and he completed his last works in the house. The Dunbar House appears today much as it did at the time of the poet’s death.

The Paul Laurence Dunbar House was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. It is operated by the Ohio Historical Society.

 
Visitors at the Paul Laurence Dunbar House.
Visitors on a tour of the Paul Laurence Dunbar House.
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Did You Know?

Paul Laurence Dunbar and Orville Wright Central High School 1891 graduating class.

Central High School, Dayton, Ohio 1891 graduating class. Paul Laurence Dunbar is first from the left in the back row. Orville Wright is fourth from the left in the back row.