Dr. Helen Octavia Dickens Henderson

Even as a child, Helen Octavia Dickens knew she wanted to be a doctor even though she had many odds stacked against her as a black woman born in 1909. Helen’s father was born into slavery then raised by a Union Colonel from the age of nine. After obtaining his freedom, he named himself Charles Warren Dickens, after the famous author he once met. Helen Octavia Dickens was born in Dayton on February 21st, 1909.

Helen’s father Charles had dreams of becoming a lawyer, but when racial prejudice reared its ugly head, preventing his dream, he took a job as a janitor to support his family. He never lost hope in the future for his children and sent them to one of the few integrated schools in the area to get them the best education possible. Daisy Dickens, Helen’s mother, worked as a domestic servant until she married Charles. Despite Charles insisting his wife stay at home, he encouraged Helen to become a nurse. But Helen had different plans. If she could be a nurse, Helen reasoned, she could also be a doctor. “It was what I wanted to do and I didn’t see why I couldn’t do it.” she’d say.
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A Few Weeks Left for the DU Virtual Photo Scavenger Hunt!

Back in February, we announced our Virtual Photo Scavenger Hunt – a chance to get out on your own, socially-distancing, to take pictures using our prompts!

We had a few requests to extend the deadline for submissions, so in April we decided to extend the deadline all the way to the end of June!

Picture submissions can be funny, creative, literal, or any other way you can imagine! We look forward to seeing your submissions! You can follow all the prompts, or just choose a select few that inspire you! All you have to do is take pictures and submit the captioned photos to us at daytonunknown@hotmail.com by June 30th!

We’ve Extended the Deadline!

Hey All, we’ve gotten a few requests to extend the deadline for the Dayton Unknown Virtual Scavenger Hunt, so we’ve decided to extend the deadline for submissions until Wednesday, June 30th!

Picture submissions can be funny, creative, literal, or any other way you can imagine! We look forward to seeing your submissions! You can follow all the prompts, or just choose a select few that inspire you!

  • ______ is for ________
  • Work from Home
  • These are a few of my favorite things
  • Wash your hands
  • I love my selfie
  • Wear a mask!
  • Another perspective
  • Seeing red
  • Quarantine style
  • How I spend my day
  • Eat your heart out
  • Keep it Clean!
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • We are in this together
  • Social Distance

Dayton Unknown Virtual Photo Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to 2021!

We at Dayton Unknown hope this year will start a return to normal life, but in the meantime, let’s try to enjoy our unique situations!

Dayton Unknown will be hosting a Virtual Quarantine-themed Photo Scavenger Hunt! Instead of meeting in person and everyone takes pictures of the same location, this time the fun can take place at home! All you have to do is take pictures and submit the captioned photos to us at daytonunknown@hotmail.com by March 31st, 2021.

Picture submissions can be funny, creative, literal, or any other way you can imagine! We look forward to seeing your submissions! You can follow all the prompts, or just choose a select few that inspire you!

Here are the prompts:

  • ______ is for ________
  • Work from Home
  • These are a few of my favorite things
  • Wash your hands
  • I love my selfie
  • Wear a mask!
  • Another perspective
  • Seeing red
  • Quarantine style
  • How I spend my day
  • Eat your heart out
  • Keep it Clean!
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • We are in this together
  • Social Distance

We’ll share the results in another post after the submission date!

Holiday Hiatus 2020

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend, no matter how different it was this year.

As Dayton Unknown does every year for the holidays, we are going to take a break for the rest of the year to enjoy time with our families.

We are always accessible through the Contact Us page, Dayton Unknown on Facebook, and by email – daytonunknown@hotmail.com. Don’t forget to check out our Instagram as well, at @daytonunknown!!

We’ll see you all in 2021!

Dayton Unknown Merchandise

Did you know Dayton Unknown has merchandise?We have several Dayton-centric designs that we have personally designed ourselves on shirts, sweatshirts, stickers, tote bags, and mugs on our storefront on Tee Spring! Check it out!

We might be biased, but we think Dayton Unknown merch might be a great Christmas present for you or your Dayton-loving friends and family!

Here are a few examples of our designs!

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Spooky Spectacular Dayton

We had an absolute blast at Spooky Spectacular Dayton on Friday, October 4th! We got to see all of the fantastic items from all of the vendors and we hosted our Photo Scavenger Hunt!

Check out the pictures below!

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