Photos: Tom the blind Negro boy pianist, ca. 1860

Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins (1849-1908) is the earliest known Black artist associated to visit the Maryland Institute College of Art. He was a slave pianist and autistic savant. The archive has found almost a dozen performances held at the College from 1868-1898.

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Tom, the blind Negro boy pianist, only 10 years old. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.