Brief History of the Dayton Region's Walk of Fame
Since its inception in 1996 as part of the City of Dayton’s Bicentennial Celebration, the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame has recognized 156 outstanding individuals and groups for their enduring personal or professional contributions to the community, nation, and the world.
In 2003 the Walk of Fame was moved from the Dayton International Airport to the Wright-Dunbar Historic District and is now managed and supported by Wright Dunbar, Inc. Granite pavers are located on the sidewalks on both sides of West Third Street between Shannon and Broadway Streets and on Williams Street.
Wright Dunbar, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is the catalyst and facilitator for urban community and economic revitalization of the historic Wright-Dunbar Historic District and the West Third Street corridor. Its vision is to create a vibrant, urban, walkable community of innovation, creativity and collaboration where diverse families, businesses, neighbors and visitors live, work, play, and learn together as a testimony to Dayton’s rich history.
The Walk of Fame and the annual celebratory event provide the region an opportunity to celebrate the unique contributions of past and present citizens, and it also provides funds to support the program and the upkeep of the Walk. Visitors from across the United States and schoolchildren in the region visit the Walk to be inspired by and learn about the men and women honored in the Walk of Fame.