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“Blind Tom”

 
 
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By David Seibert, August 24, 2009
1. “Blind Tom” Marker
Inscription. 200 feet east is the grave of Thomas Wiggins, (1843-1908). As “Blind Tom” he thrilled audiences here and in Europe with his remarkable musical performances. Born a slave, his native genius let him reproduce perfectly on the piano any sound he heard, including classical compositions and the sounds of birds. His owners, the Bethune family, discovered his rich gift, when they heard exquisite music in their home near Columbus, and found the little blind boy at the piano. He reached the zenith of his fame on European tours during which he played before royalty.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 106-12.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 33.597′ N, 84° 51.746′ W. Marker is in Midland, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is at the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Grey Rock Road, on the right on Warm Springs Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7400 Warm Springs Road, Midland GA 31820, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Richard Christmas (approx. 2.8 miles away); Samuel Cooper
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By David Seibert, August 24, 2009
2. “Blind Tom” Marker
Sitting at the edge of Warm Springs Road, with the city of Columbus to the right (southwest)
(approx. 4 miles away); Liberty Hill Baptist Church (approx. 5 miles away); Fortson House (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Wire Road (approx. 6.1 miles away); Kingsboro & Cataula (approx. 6.6 miles away); Textile and Banking Pioneer (approx. 7.2 miles away); Leonard Spring (approx. 7.8 miles away).
 
Regarding “Blind Tom”. Wiggins' grave is in the private graveyard of "Westmoreland," the estate at 7400 Warm Springs Road.

This is a stop on the Black Heritage Trail.
 
Also see . . .  Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins (1849-1908). A more complete biography of "Blind Tom" Wiggins. (Submitted on October 2, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1.
I saw a documentary about Blind Tom that said he's buried in New York. His information is also on findagrave.com.
    — Submitted June 3, 2015.

 
Categories. African AmericansAntebellum South, USArts, Letters, Music
 
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By David Seibert, August 24, 2009
3. “Blind Tom” Marker
The entrance to Westmoreland, the estate where Wiggins is buried in the private cemetery, is to the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,181 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 27, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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