Description: Photograph of Reverend A. Wayman Ward. He attended Wilberforce and Yale, where he obtained his Master of Divinity degree. Reverend Ward was a pastor for several churches including Shorter African Methodist Episcopal Church and Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Chicago. He was Vice President of the Chicago Federation, Chairman of the Interracial Commission, Representative of the Federal Council of Churches in America, a member of the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: NAM_P2_B05F01_U Subjects: African American men; Historical Black Colleges and Universities; Wilberforce University; Religion in Ohio
Description: Cabinet card portrait of author Paul Laurence Dunbar as a young man, ca. 1890. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1872 to Joshua and Matilda Dunbar, both former slaves, and was encouraged by his mother in poetry and his schooling from an early age. He attended Dayton Central High School and was the sole African American student at that time. Following his high school graduation, Dunbar worked as an elevator operator while writing poetry in his free time. He built a reputation as a successful literary voice and writer of dialect poetry, and was the first African American poet to receive critical acclaim for his work. Dunbar authored twelve collections of poetry, five novels, one play, and a large number of newspaper articles before his death from tuberculosis on February 9, 1906. He is buried in the Woodland Cemetery in Dayton. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05255 Subjects: Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906; African American poets; American poetry--Ohio; Literary Ohio Places: Dayton (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio)
Lew and Ben Snowden Playing Banjo and Fiddle photographSave
Description: This photograph shows Lew and Ben Snowden playing the banjo and fiddle at their home in Clinton, Ohio in Knox County. Together with other family members, they performed popular songs for both African American and white audiences throughout rural central Ohio between 1850 and 1900. According to local legend, Daniel D. Emmett learned the song "Dixie" from the Snowdens. The photograph measures 3.5 by 5 inches (9 by 12.5 cm). View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: Om1277_779230_124 Subjects: African American Ohioans; Arts and Entertainment; Musicians Places: Clinton (Ohio); Knox County (Ohio)
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