Dayton History

CLIMBING JACOB’S LADDER

FOCUS ON THE DAYTON AREA’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE 

ONE AND A HALF DAY TOUR

Please contact all attractions prior to tour.

DAY 1

10:00 – 11:30 Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial 937-224-7061 $

  • A National Historic Landmark.
  • Home of America’s foremost African-American poet laureate.
  • Docents take you on a narrated tour through the house.
  • Days of operation vary. Call for appointment.

11:45 – 12:15 Wayman Chapel AME Church 937-268-6729 Donations appreciated

  • Dedicated in 1840, making this Dayton’s oldest AME congregation.
  • Wayman African Methodist Episcopal was also Paul Laurence Dunbar’s official church.
  • Call for appointment.

12:30 – 2:30 The Dayton Art Institute Tour & Lunch 800-296-4426 $

  • See a canvas by one of this country’s leading African-American artists, Sam Gilliam.
  • Visit the African Art Gallery, then enjoy lunch in a private dining room.
  • Call for appointment and menu options.

3:00 – 5:00 United States Air Force Museum 937-258-1225 Free

  • The self guided tour highlights the Tuskegee Airmen and the role of African-Americans in the history of military aviation.
  • Call for appointment and information.

5:15 – 6:15 Free Time/Hotel Check In 6:30 – 7:45 Engineers Club of Dayton 937-228-2148 $

  • Enjoy a delicious lunch in the historic ambiance of this private club, and take a picture at the table where Orville Wright ate lunch nearly every day.
  • See the original Wright engine number three and a turbo jet engine on display, and take a tour of this restored facility, where Orville Wright was a founding member. Call for reservation and menu options

DAY 2 10:00 – 11:00 Colonel Young Home 937-372-0178 Donations appreciated

  • Colonel Young was the third African-American to graduate from West Point.
  • His home was one of many stops in our area on the Underground Railroad.
  • Call for appointment.

11:15 – 2:00 Wilberforce University Tour & Lunch 937-376-2911 $

  • Visit the oldest private African-American University in the nation.
  • The university has an interesting history, including the first Black college president.
  • Call for appointment, lunch options and prices.

2:15 – 4:00 National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center 937-376-4944 $

  • The museum houses a permanent exhibition titled From Victory To Freedom: Afro-American Life in the 1950s, as well as other exhibits.
  • Closed on Mondays. Call for appointment.

For a free customized itinerary call 800-221-8235 or email Sean Robison srobison@daytoncvb.net