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The Haunted Oak by Paul Laurence Dunbar
He was the eldest of two children born to Joshua and Matilda, who were former slaves, and had two half-brothers through his mother. He was the only African American in the Central High School class of ; so few African Americans attended high school at the time that segregated public secondary schools were financially unfeasible in Dayton.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Oak and Ivy
Paul Laurence Dunbar was born on June 27, to freed slaves from Kentucky. He became one of the first influential Black poets in American literature, and was internationally acclaimed for his dialectic verse in collections such as Majors and Minors and Lyrics of Lowly Life He was the first to rise to a height from which he could take a perspective view of his own race. He was the first to see objectively its humor, its superstitions, its short-comings; the first to feel sympathetically its heart-wounds, its yearnings, its aspirations, and to voice them all in a purely literary form. The only African American in his class, he became class president and class poet. By , two years before he graduated, he had already published poems in the Dayton Herald and worked as editor of the short-lived Dayton Tattler, a Black newspaper published by classmate Orville Wright, who later gained fame with brother Wilbur Wright as inventors of the airplane.
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Courtesy Internet Archive. Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio to parents who had escaped from slavery in Kentucky. His parents instilled in him a love of learning and history. He was the only African-American student during the years he attended Dayton's Central High School, and he participated actively as a student. During high school, he was both the editor of the school newspaper and class president, as well as the president of the school literary society.
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