Postcard of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago

Paul Laurence Dunbar Goes to the Fair

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UPDATE 2/20/15: This event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, 2380 Memorial Road, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, because of an unscheduled closure of the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center.

DAYTON, Ohio—The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park has scheduled a free ranger program for Saturday, Feb. 21, about Paul Laurence Dunbar’s visit to the The Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.

Portrait photo of PaulThe exposition brought Dunbar, the celebrated African American poet, together with other important African Americans including Frederick Douglass, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Sissieretta “the Black Patty” Jones, the Rev. Alexander Crummell, Fannie Barrier Williams and others, according to a national park press release.

“All the world is here!” Dunbar is said to have proclaimed at the World’s Columbian Exposition, the fair’s official name.

Born in Dayton in 1872, Dunbar became one of America’s most important poets and an international celebrity. He died in 1906 of tuberculosis.

The 40-minute program will explore the professional connections between Dunbar and other influential African-Americans at the fair. The program is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, 2380 Memorial Road, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Paul Laurence Dunbar’s house at 219 Paul Laurence Dunbar Street is preserved as a state memorial and a unit of Dayton’s national park. Dayton History, the nonprofit historical society, manages the house and offers scheduled tours.

Visit Dayton History’s website for more information about the house. Visit the national park’s website or call (937) 225-7705 for more information about this or other programs.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Goes to the Fair
Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center, 2380 Memorial Road, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH