Paul Laurence Dunbar on horseback   Save
Paul Laurence Dunbar Collection
Description: Photograph of author Paul Laurence Dunbar on horseback, ca. 1890-1906. A note written on the back of the photograph indicates that the horse may have inspired Dunbar's poem "Dat Ol' Mare O' Mine." Dunbar 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: AL05260
Subjects: Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906; African American poets; American poetry--Ohio; Literary Ohio; Horses
Places: Dayton (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio)