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Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar


A Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar and African American History:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Reception 3:30 – 5:00 PM with a brief program at 3:45 PM

Special Collections and Archives Reading Room, Fourth Floor, Dunbar Library

Wright State University


Special Collections and Archives in the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library is pleased to announce the gift of a bust of acclaimed poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar to the Archives from its sculptor, Reginald H. Harmon. Join us for a brief program, a meet and greet with artist Reginald Harmon, and exhibits of Dunbar’s works along with many other African American manuscript collections from the archives. Light refreshments will be served.

Reginald Harmon is an accomplished artist in the visual arts, music, design and poetry. Harmon’s artistry reflects the social consciousness that embodies the culture of the black community. He is the founder and CEO of Infinite Concepts LLC, located in Dayton, Ohio. Harmon was also an art educator in the public school system. His philosophy on the critical importance of the arts to the entire academic experience is evident in the programs he has designed for the charter school, the art education proposals he promotes and the influence with which he nurtures youth and adults.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1872, Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the first African American literary figures to garner critical acclaim on a national scale. Although he lived just thirty-three years, Dunbar's contributions in a variety of genres left a legacy that endures through the present day. Special Collections and Archives has a nearly complete, inscribed collection of Dunbar's first edition books. In the spring of 1992, Wright State University's main library was renamed in honor of Paul Laurence Dunbar, recognizing not only his significant literary contributions but his importance to Dayton and his friendship with the Wright Brothers, for whom the university is named. A Digital Text Collection and photographs of Dunbar are accessible on the archives website at https://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/dunbar/

Visitor parking passes for Lot 11 near the Dunbar Library at WSU are available by contacting the archives at archives@www.libraries.wright.edu


Location

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

Visitor Center:

For details and seasonal date schedules see https://www.nps.gov/daav/planyourvisit/hours.htm

or please call (937) 225-7705 for the current park schedule.

Parking:

From W. Third St., turn south on Williams St and then turn left on Fourth St. Go 1/2 block and turn left into the Visitor Center parking area.

CLICK HERE for a parking map.

See the Visitor Center page for details on hours.

Travel Note - Third St. Bridge closure:

The Third Street Bridge will be CLOSED beginning Jan. 1, 2020 until approximately Oct. 2021. Visitors can use the Fifth St. Bridge or the Salem Ave. Bridge as detours from downtown Dayton. A file with more detailed instructions for visitors traveling from the north or south via I-75, or from the east and west via US35 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

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