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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.

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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 »
  • Good place to learn about Paul Dunbar and introduction to his work and life. Had not heard much about him in school out west, but his influence should be taught about in all school systems.  more »
  • 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
  • Awesome history. Well preserved belongings.
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar was a phenomenal influence for writing and poetry, especially focusing on the African American experiences and struggles. The park ranger I had, Kathleen, was incredible with facts and in depth knowledge of Paul as well as his home and family. The center is clean and accessible. I would go back with friends and family to show them a great part of Dayton's rich history. It's too bad that Paul Laurence was such a terrible person excellent writer but a horrible human to his wife. I don't think he deserves the amount of fame, but that's not sorry me to decide. His poetry is amazing and he is garbage.
  • Brought my kids here on spring break for a bit of local black history experience. Also my son attends Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School wanted him to be familiar with the namesake of his school. Believe it or not this is not a required field trip for any grade level at Paul Laurence Dunbar Early College High School.

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