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.
Tom, the blind Negro boy pianist, only 10 years old. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2001701566/>.