Oct. 11, 2010 event to highlight J.W. “Blind” Boone Home

A scale model of a proposed statue of J.W. “Blind” Boone, an early jazz and ragtime musician, will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11 at the Reynolds Alumni Center at the University of Missouri.

Tickets to the reception are available by contacting Terra Crane at TKCrane@gocolumbiamo.com.

But you can see a historic view of the house at 10 N. Fourth St., by going to this website at blindboonehome.com/history/ The website includes information on Boone as well as photographs of the home and Boone playing the piano inside the home.

The proposed statue will depict Boone at the piano. It is to be installed in a Tribute Garden to be developed on the grounds of the home where he lived from 1889 until his death in 1927.

 The statue by Harry Weber was commissioned by the John William Boone Heritage Foundation, which is headed up by Clyde Ruffin, professor and chair of the Department of Theater at University of Missouri and pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church.

Contributions for the statue and garden are being accepted at the website.

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