Literary Face Mask - Paul Laurence Dunbar

Literary Face Mask - Paul Laurence Dunbar


Paul Laurence Dunbar, poet, novelist and playwright, was born on June 27, 1872 to freed slaves from Kentucky.  He coined the phrase "I know why the caged bird sings" in his poem Sympathy, which later helped inspire Maya Angelou's novel. The verse on this mask come from Dunbar's poem "We wear the Mask." 


Our face masks are 100% premium cotton, with a pocket for a filter and tubular elastic ear loops.  The fabric has a lovely subtle tonal quality.  They are machine washable.   The fabric is printed and the masks sewn at a small factory in Compton, California.  Our masks are not medical grade.



The Story House is an independent, bookstore for children and young adults.  We are located within Dawson's Market in Rockville Town Center and in our renovated trolley bus.  The Story House trolley travels throughout the DC area, partnering with schools, faith groups and organizations on book fairs and other customized book events.

We are affiliated with  If you can not find what you are looking for on our site, please visit for a larger selection including books for adults.


225 N. Washington Street, Rockville, MD

(inside Dawson's Market)


Mobile in our Trolley Bookstore


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