: Paul Laurence Dunbar posed for this 4 by 5.25-inch (10 by 13 cm) photograph around 1890. Dunbar is acknowledged as the first significant African American poet in the United States. He was born the son of former slaves on June 27, 1872 in Dayton, Ohio. After high school, the Wright brothers assisted Dunbar in publishing the Dayton Tattler, an African-American newspaper. His first book of poetry, Oak and Ivy, was published in 1893. It was followed by Lyrics of a Lowly Life, and Majors and Minors, ten other books of poetry, four books of short stories, five novels and a play. Dunbar died of tuberculosis on February 9, 1906. View on Ohio Memory.
: Om1277_792574_110 Subjects
: Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906; African American poets; American poetry--Ohio; Literary Ohio Places
: Dayton (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio)