“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Scott Joplin

1868 - 1917

Scott Joplin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 30, 2017
1. Scott Joplin Marker
The "King of Ragtime" composer
and pianist, whose works include
the classic rags, "The Entertainer"
and "Maple Leaf Rag," and
the opera, Treemonisha,
lived here in 1917.

Erected by Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.
Marker series. This marker is included in the New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Cultural Medallions marker series.
Location. 40° 48.755′ N, 73° 56.693′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 131st Street east of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 163 West 131st Street, New York NY 10027, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Savoy Ballroom (approx. half a mile away); Alexander Hamilton's House (approx. half a mile away); Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Hamilton Grange (approx. 0.6 miles away); 369th Infantry Regiment Memorial
Scott Joplin Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 30, 2017
2. Scott Joplin Marker - Wide View
(approx. 0.6 miles away); A. Philip Randolph Square (approx. ¾ mile away); Oscar J. Hijuelos (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
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Also see . . .
1. Scott Joplin (Wikipedia). Scott Joplin (c. 1867/68 or November 24, 1868– April 1, 1917) was an American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the "King of Ragtime Writers". During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first, and most popular pieces, the "Maple Leaf Rag", became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag. (Submitted on July 6, 2017.) 

2. Joplin Biography ( On Joplin's last days: ...By 1916, Joplin was experiencing the devastating physical and mental effects of syphilis, a disease he had probably contracted almost 20 years earlier. By mid-January, 1917, he had to be hospitalized, and was soon transferred to a mental institution where he died on April 1, 1917. (Submitted on July 6, 2017.) 

3. Maple Leaf Rag Played by Scott Joplin (YouTube, 3 min.)
<i>The Maple Leaf Rag</i> Sheet Music Cover image. Click for full size.
By John Stark & Son, circa 1899
3. The Maple Leaf Rag Sheet Music Cover
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
. (Submitted on July 6, 2017.)
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 6, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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