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Paul Laurence Dunbar House

Paul Laurence Dunbar House

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Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African-American poet to earn international acclaim. Though he only lived until age 33, he produced twelve books of poetry, four novels, four books of short stories, and wrote the lyrics to many popular songs. Born to former slaves, he became a major inspiration for Harlem Renaissance authors like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. In 1936, the Ohio General Assembly dedicated the Dunbar House as a memorial - the first state memorial in Ohio to honor an African-American.