The Paul Laurence Dunbar House in Dayton was the home of African-American poet and lyricist Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dayton has a population of approximately 140,000.

The best website we found about Dunbar is the University of Dayton one at We like that it lets you jump easily from one work of his to another, page to page, see whatever you select in full text, and maybe even listen to ones with sound, spoken by a professor at the University of Dayton. With or without sound, the words live on today, capturing the era of the son of freed slaves, a friend of Frederick Douglass, and the young man who became a published poet at the age of 14.

Read more about Frederick Douglass here: Frederick Douglass House in DC.

The Paul Laurence Dunbar House is the third stop on our Ohio Trail!

Patricia Smart