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Millie McKoy & Christine McKoy Recall Meeting Blind Tom, 1877 by Tyehimba Jess

*The McKoy Sisters (1851-1912), were conjoined twins. They met autistic pianist Blind Tom (1849-1908) in 1877.

Source: Brooklyn Magazine


Mark Twain v. Blind Tom by Tyehimba Jess

Some archangel,
cast out of upper Heaven
like another Satan,
inhabits this coarse casket;
and he comforts himself
and makes his prison
beautiful with
thoughts and… 209 more words


Did a slave song at a master’s bidding

mark Tom while asleep in Charity’s womb?

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General James Bethune and John Bethune Introduce Blind Tom by Tyehimba Jess

Source: Oxford American | A Magazine of the South

Blind Tom (Thomas Wiggins) was an African American pianist and musical prodigy in the 19th century. He published a great number of original compositions as well as having a long, successful career as a performer across the United States, becoming one of the best-known American pianists. 26 more words


Fisk Jubilee Proclamation by Tyehimba Jess

A poem by Tyehimba Jess, author of Olio (Wave Books, 2016), part of the Poets House 24th Annual Showcase.

Recorded on: Wednesday, August 17, 2016