Mysterious piano may have been Blind Boone's

January 7, 2010 | 6:28 p.m. CST
The old piano waits at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home on Fourth Street for its connection to Boone to be verified. John William Boone lost his sight as an infant when his eyes were removed to reduce brain swelling. His parents worked hard to encourage his gift for music, which surfaced as early as age 3. It paid off, and Boone became one the most popular ragtime pianists in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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