While driving through Dayton, I saw signs for National Aviation Heritage Sites. I was intrigued but I had to get where I was going, so I didn’t stop. On the way back, I saw it again … this time I Googled. I thought it would be all about the Wring brothers (which, obviously it is) but there were a few other interesting tidbits.
Col. Charles Young – This guy was simply amazing. He graduated from West Point. He worked at the National Parks Service. He did a little bit of everything.
Paul Laurence Dunbar House – This was the first Black poet to make his career (and support himself financially) by his writing. He wrote books, wrote the first Black musical In Dahomey, and went on to write powerful words like “We Wear the Mask”
We wear the mask that grins and lies,It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—This debt we pay to human guile;With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,And mouth with myriad subtleties.Why should the world be over-wise,In counting all our tears and sighs?Nay, let them only see us, whileWe wear the mask.We smile, but, O great Christ, our criesTo thee from tortured souls arise.We sing, but oh the clay is vileBeneath our feet, and long the mile;But let the world dream otherwise,We wear the mask!