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"Blind Tom" - Columbus, Georgia
N 32° 33.602 W 084° 51.745
16S E 700689 N 3604529
Quick Description: This marker stands along a rural section of Warm Springs Road near its intersection with Grey Rock Road in Columbus, Georgia.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 9/14/2008 4:41:57 PM
Waymark Code: WM4P7E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
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Long Description:
The Marker Reads:


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 songs 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.

106-12 – Georgia Historical Commission - 1954

The side of the marker facing the highway is in very poor shape. The side facing the woods is practically unblemished.
Type of Marker: Highway

Marker #: 106-12

Date: 1954

Sponsor: Georgia Historical Commission

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