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Thomas Jefferson Scribner
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Touchstone
N 36° 58.522 W 122° 01.604
10S E 586626 N 4092582
Quick Description: A mere street musician, Thomas Jefferson Scribner was a local celebrity and regular fixture on the Pacific Garden Mall in historic downtown Santa Cruz up until his death in 1982. This statue honors him.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 8/9/2008 11:48:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM4DKP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team GPSaxophone
Views: 33

Long Description:
Probably better known for his activism in the labor movement, he nonetheless was considered a bit of a virtuoso on the "saw" which he regularly played on the Mall in downtown Santa Cruz.

From the local history page of Santa Cruz:

"On the 1500 block of Pacific Avenue sits a bronze sculpture of an elderly man wearing a Derby hat and playing the musical saw. The man is Tom Jefferson Scribner. During the 1970's and until his death in 1982, Scribner was a common sight on the Pacific Garden Mall where he played his musical saw for passersby. He was something of a counter culture celebrity, for he was a man of many talents: vaudevillian, editor, humorist, philosopher, educator, logger, and a labor organizer with the Industrial Workers of the World (the "Wobblies").

The "Wobblies" were prevalent from 1905 to World War I, when they traveled from coast to coast. With 'Solidarity' as their slogan, their goal was to organize unskilled workers into 'One Big Union'. Scribner's life as a logger and labor organizer was retold in the acclaimed 1979 documentary, "The Wobblies."

The sculpture was created in 1978 by artist, Marghe McMahon, who donated $1500 of her own money toward the the cost. Funding also came from the Santa Cruz Arts Commission, California State Arts Council, UCSC, and other community groups. The total cost: $4000."
Name of Musician: Thomas Jefferson Scribner

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