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Crowd celebrates life of Paul Laurence Dunbar with wreath-laying ceremony

Crowd celebrates life of Paul Laurence Dunbar with wreath-laying ceremony (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – A crowd gathered around the grace of Paul Laurence Dunbar Friday to celebrate his life with a wreath-laying ceremony.

February 9 marks the anniversary of his death in 1906, so he was remembered with a tribute and prayer.

Dunbar was a poet, and the one of the first African American writers to be accepted in American literature.

Organizers said the event is an important one to more than just the Miami Valley.

“The world needs to recognize Paul Laurence Dunbar,” Laverne Sci, retired historic site manager said. “He lived a quiet life, and he is not necessarily celebrated, and we celebrated him today.”

Dunbar passed away at the age of 33 from tuberculosis, which had no cure at that point in time. He’s the namesake of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Dayton.

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