Matilda was the mother of acclaimed poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. She was also the mother of Elizabeth Florence Dunbar who died very young.
Matilda's parents were: William Burton and Elizah Black of Kentucky.
In a previous marriage to Wilson W. Murphy, of Louisville,KY; she had two children, William Murphy and Robert Murphy.
She died at 89 years of age at her home at 219 N. Summit St. (now Paul Laurence Dunbar St.), Dayton, OH, that is now an Ohio and National Historical Site.
ERECTED FEB. 1940
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