Living Mural: Paul Laurence Dunbar

Living Mural: Paul Laurence Dunbar (HM25XM)

Location: Washington, DC 20009
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.019', W 77° 2.106'

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By Cory L. Stowers and Eric B. Ricks, 2015

Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 - February 9, 1906) was an American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio, to parents who had been enslaved in Kentucky before the American Civil War, Dunbar started to write as a child and was president of his high school's literary society. He published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper.

Much of his more popular work in his lifetime was written in the Negro dialect associated with the antebellum South. His work was praised by William Dean Howells, a leading critic associated with the Harper's Weekly, and Dunbar was one of the first African-American writers to establish a national reputation. He wrote the lyrics for the musical comedy, In Dahomey (1903), the first all-African-American musical produced on Broadway; the musical also toured in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The Dunbar Hotel (1945-1974) Named for Paul Laurence Dunbar; this 6-story building was originally built as in 1897, an apartment house for white residents; it closed briefly in the early 1940s and when reopened as The Dunbar Hotel it contained 485 bedrooms with baths. In the days of segregated Washington, The Dunbar Hotel offered an oasis for many African-Americans including prominent local

figures and major entertainers who traveled to DC to appear in the numerous theaters along U Street.

HM NumberHM25XM
Year Placed2015
Placed ByArt B.L.O.C., 15&U, Aurasma, The JBG Companies
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 12th, 2018 at 7:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323563 N 4309533
Decimal Degrees38.91698333, -77.03510000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.019', W 77° 2.106'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 1.1399999999999" N, 77° 2' 6.36" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1510 U St NW, Washington DC 20009, US
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