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 Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins

Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins

Birth
Harris County, Georgia, USA
Death 13 Jun 1908 (aged 59)
Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Pleasant Hill Section, Lot D
Memorial ID 19980 · View Source
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Entertainer, Composer. He was born a slave in Columbus, Georgia, and though blind and seemingly mentally handicapped, was able to play the piano flawlessly by ear - reproducing the most complicated pieces after only one hearing. In 1859, he went out on the road as a touring musical sensation, and in 1860 he played for President James Buchanan at the White House. He later went on a tour of the South, raising money for the Confederacy during the Civil War. He also wrote over 100 compositions, some of which can be heard on the CD "John Davis Plays Blind Tom".

Bio by: Joe Fodor


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  • Added: 30 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19980
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins (25 May 1849–13 Jun 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19980, citing The Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .