“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Ernest Hogan

Ernest Hogan Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Chad Comer
1. Ernest Hogan Marker (reverse)
Inscription. Born Reuben Crowdus on April 17, 1865 in Bowling Green, Ky. He left home at age 12 to sing in minstrel shows. He became prominent as a songwriter in the 1890s. In 1895, he wrote “La Pas Ma La” & promoted it as first published ragtime song. Many regarded him as the “Father of Ragtime,” a new genre of music, from which many other types of music developed.

A pioneer in black entertainment, he was one of the best-known and highest-paid performers of early ragtime era. He starred in major minstrels, vaudeville, and musical comedy. In 1898, Hogan had the starring role in the first black show to play in major Broadway theatre. He died on May 20, 1909 and is buried in the Mt. Moriah cemetery.
Erected 2008 by Skip Bond & The Fugitives, Kentucky Department of Highways, Kentucky Historical Society. (Marker Number 2282.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 36° 59.987′ N, 86° 26.24′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker is on 401 Kentucky Street (U.S. 68), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowling Green KY 42101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Ernest Hogan Marker Opposite Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
2. Ernest Hogan Marker Opposite Side of Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); A Civil War Defense Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Ora Porter (approx. 0.3 miles away); Defending the L&N Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shake Rag (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Civil War in Bowling Green (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Limestone Bluffs (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bowling Green & Warren County (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bowling Green.
Also see . . .  Ernest Hogan, Ragtime Originator - Health Bytes. (Submitted on January 13, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Chad Comer of Gamaliel, Kentucky.   2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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