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John William “Blind” Boone – American Ragtime Pioneer

Feb
04
Feb 4 – Mar 1, 2020
Where

Center for Missouri Studies
Research Center, Second Floor
605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Portrait of John William “Blind” Boone, 1908. [Louise B. Trigg Photograph Collection, P163-09]

Where

Center for Missouri Studies
Research Center, Second Floor
605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Pianist and ragtime music composer John William “Blind” Boone (1864-1927) was considered a musical prodigy of his day. Born during the Civil War, Boone overcame poverty, disability, and racism to become a nationally-known composer and musician from Missouri. In celebration of African American History Month, the Columbia Research Center is displaying artifacts, sheet music, posters, photographs, and other materials from its collections documenting Blind Boone’s life and accomplishments. Also, you can learn more about Missouri’s contribution to music by visiting the Wenneker Family Corridor Gallery Music in Missouri Exhibit at the Center for Missouri Studies.