Blind Tom

The Last Legal Slave in America” – Born in 1849, Thomas Greene Bethune was the son of field slaves, and over the course of a 50- year career, his dazzling skills at the piano enthralled audiences worldwide. With no formal musical training, “Blind Tom” mesmerized Mark Twain, President Buchanan and crowds of luminaries at command performances. Few remember, however, that “Blind Tom” remained a slave – the last of the legal slaves – until 1908.