Celebrating Paul Laurence Dunbar

Celebrating Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Paul Lawrence Dunbar, one of the first African American poets to gain recognition and influence, was born on this day, June 27th, 1872 to freed slaves in Kentucky.   Image via NPS As a child he would draw on his parents’ (Joshua and Matilda Murphy Dunbar) lives in the plantations for his writing. By the age of fourteen he had published works in the Dayton Herald. In 1893 he self-published his first poetry collection titled Oak and Ivy, which he paid for by selling a book for a dollar on the elevator he worked as an operator in. Image via …