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Dunbar, Paul Laurence

Born: 1872 AD
Died: 1906 AD
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1872 – He was born on the 27th day of June this year in Dayton, Ohio to parents who had escaped from slavery, Dunbar’s father was a veteran of the American Civil War.


1878 – He wrote his first poem this year at age 6 and gave his first public recital at age 9. Dunbar’s first published work came in a newspaper put out by his high-school friends.


1892 – His first collection of poetry, Oak and Ivy was published in this year. In addition, he attracted the attention of James Whitcomb Riley, the popular "Hoosier Poet".


1897 – He traveled to England this year to recite his works on the London literary circuit. After his return, Dunbar took a job at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.


1900 – He was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and then he moved to Colorado with his wife on the advice of his doctors.


1906 – He died at age thirty-three on the 9th of February this year, and was interred in the Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.


1975 – The U.S. Postal Service issued a 10-cent commemorative stamp in honor of Paul Laurence Dunbar.












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