This colorful outdoor mural is displayed to depict Scott Joplin's life and accomplishments. Scott Joplin was a master composer of classic ragtime music and was influential in the formation of 20th century music. His birth date and place is uncertain but it is believed around July 1870 and mostly he either was born in Texarkana or moved there at a very early age. He clearly had talent on the piano, and by the age of 11 was able to play 3 musical instruments and compose music. He travelled the country performing until he died at the young age of 49.
Ragtime revived itself and peaked in the 1970s with new recordings of Joplin's music and from the musical score in movie "The Sting." The result of the interest in ragtime music was unprecedented in music history. In 1976 Joplin was posthumously awarded "A Pulitzer Prize Special Award" for his contributions to American Music.
Watch the following video to learn more about the history of music in Texas' African American communities. This video was produced for inclusion in the African Americans in Texas mobile tour found in our Texas Time Travel Tours mobile app. For more information about the mobile tour and African American cultural heritage in Texas, visit the African American Heritage theme page at the following link: http://texastimetravel.com/travel-themes/main-african-american-heritage
Mural of Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime