Mary Barile and Christine Montgomery
April 18, 2014
1 hour 07 minutes 16 seconds (1:07:16)
February 20, 2014, Missouri State Archives program highlighting the life of famous Missouri musician John William "Blind" Boone in recognition of Black History Month. Presentation by Mary Barile and Christine Montgomery on their new book, "Merit, Not Sympathy, Wins: The Life and Times of Blind Boone."
In post-Reconstruction America, Boone, an illiterate musician, overcame obstacles created by disability, exploitative managers and racial prejudice to become one of the country's most beloved concert performers. The story of Blind Boone is revitalized in Barile and Montgomery's annotated edition of Melissa Fuell-Cuther's original, out-of-print 1915 biography, Blind Boone: His Life and Achievements. Accompanied by essays describing Boone's environment and achievements as well as his present-day place in American music, the work recounts Boone' s harrowing journey and testifies to the struggles of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era.
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