Georgia Historical Commission erects historical marker to Blind Tom Wiggins

The inscription of the Blind Tom historical marker reads: "BLIND TOM" 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 genious let him reproduce perfectly on the piano any sound he heard, including musical 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 black boy at the piano. He reached the zenith of his fame on European tours during which he played before royalty.