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Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Thomas Greene Bethune

“Blind Tom”

 

1849 – 1908

 
Thomas Greene Bethune plaque image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
1. Thomas Greene Bethune plaque
Inscription.
Columbus, Georgia was the home of one of
America's distinguished black pianists
and composers.

A Landmark of American Music

 
Erected 1983 by the National Music Council, Georgia Federation of Music Clubs, Afro-American Music Opportunists Association, Inc. and Exxon.
 
Location. 32° 27.375′ N, 84° 59.702′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker can be reached from Front Avenue south of West 6th Street. Touch for map. Located between the railroad tracks and the Chattahoochee Riverwalk (below). Marker is at or near this postal address: Front Avenue, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horace King (1807 - 1887) (here, next to this marker); Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (here, next to this marker); Frontier Wars (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Boats (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Supply (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Columbus (within shouting distance of this
Thomas Greene Bethune plaque with Chattahoochee River below. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
2. Thomas Greene Bethune plaque with Chattahoochee River below.
marker); Soft Drinks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mass - Produced Ice Machines (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Regarding Thomas Greene Bethune. At ten years of age, piano prodigy and composer "Blind Tom" is believed to have been the first African American artist to perform at the White House when he played for President James Buchanan in 1860.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Blind Tom Wiggins. (Submitted on February 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. New Georgia Encyclopedia article on Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins (1849-1908). (Submitted on February 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicNotable Persons
 
View looking south towards plaque on far right. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
3. View looking south towards plaque on far right.
Thomas Greene Bethune (Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins) image. Click for full size.
By Public domain, 1880
4. Thomas Greene Bethune (Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 226 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 14, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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