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John William Boone

 
 
John William Boone Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 20, 2015
1. John William Boone Marker
Inscription.

This sculpture, honoring John William "Blind" Boone was commissioned by the Blind Boone Renovation Group & created in honor of Mr. Boone by artist Ai Qiu Hopen. It sits on a piece of locally quarried limestone. Volunteers raised the money for the sculpture, delivered & placed the stone and set the sculpture in place.

Please feel free to touch this sculpture.

John William Boone (1864-1927), African-American concert pianist & composer was a beloved member of the community. He was known for bringing Ragtime music to the concert stage as well as for his work as a classical pianist & composer. His music was revolutionary & inspired many young people to enter music study. The motto of the Blind Boone Concert Company, with Manager John Lange: 'Merit, Not Sympathy Wins'.

The Warrensburg 'Star', in an article dated April 13, 1889 said of Boone, "...Warrensburg has a musical prodigy in the person of Blind Boone, who is already achieving a national reputation... His visits are hailed with delight by citizens, but his musical genius has lifted him out of the poverty in which his childhood was spent. He is 25 or 30 years of age and somewhat heavy set. He is afflicted not only with blindness, but with a nervous derangement which keeps his body constantly swaying backward and forward. This becomes more violent as the interest

John William Boone Sculpture and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 20, 2015
2. John William Boone Sculpture and Marker
in the music increases, until it would seem a physical impossibility for him to strike the keys with such delicacy and perfect accuracy. With a machine made performer this would be impossible, but Boone's musical powers are seemingly miraculous." The Chillicothe Constitution, in an article dated Saturday, November 11, 1916 stated, "...Better than Blind Boone's music - and it is good - is his philosophy:
'Life is too short to sulk and please the devil for one moment.'"

A Resolution of Respect was written at the time of his death in Warrensburg: "We need not try to speak to you of his wonderful achievements in life's work as a musician; history will take care of that and your children's children shall read of his great work when we have gone from the earth. Brother Boone, who now lies upon the folding couch of death has fought his way through life, step by step, having reached the pinnacle of fame, wrote his name not in clay but on the hearts of men and women."


 
Erected by the Union Pacific Foundation.
 
Location. 38° 45.786′ N, 93° 44.932′ W. Marker is in Warrensburg, Missouri, in Johnson County. Click for map. Park entrance is off Pine Street, west of Warren Street. Marker is in this post office area: Warrensburg MO 64093, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
John William Boone Sculpture and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 20, 2015
3. John William Boone Sculpture and Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Blind Boone Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Public Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Francis Marion Cockrell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tribute to the Dog (approx. 0.2 miles away); Senator George Graham Vest (approx. 0.2 miles away); Johnson County's Old Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Drum (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Passing of the Old Backhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Warrensburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Missourians: John William "Blind" Boone. (Submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Blind Boone. (Submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. About Blind Boone Park. (Submitted on July 12, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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John William Boone Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 20, 2015
4. John William Boone Sculpture
John William Boone Sculpture Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 20, 2015
5. John William Boone Sculpture Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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