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Muscogee County Historical Markers

“Blind Tom”

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: “Blind Tom”
  • Location: Grey Rock and Warm Springs Rds near Harris County line


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.