This collection consists of 3 original financial items, a news clipping of a poem, and a reproduction copy of the 1891 graduation program from Dayton's Central High School, of which Dunbar was a class member.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 27, 1872, Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the first African American literary figures to garner critical acclaim on a national scale. Dunbar died February 9, 1906, in Dayton, Ohio, and is buried in Woodland Cemetery. Although he lived just thirty-three years, Dunbar's contributions in a variety of genres left a legacy that endures today.
Dr. Henry A. Tobey was superintendent of the Toledo State Hospital and a frequent patron of Dunbar's. Evidence of his patronage is documented in the 3 financial items in this collection.>
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