(November 24, 1868 - April 1, 1917)Black composer Scott Joplin, often called the "King of Ragtime Music", was born in Texarkana, Texas, five years before the townsite was platted in 1873. His family lived in this vicinity, and he attended nearby Orr School on Laurel Street. His early musical training came from his father, Giles Joplin, an ex-slave who played the fiddle, and mother, Florence Givens Joplin, who played the banjo. By tradition, a German music teacher realized Joplin's talent and gave him lessons.
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|Placed By||Texas Historical Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, August 7th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 403011 N 3699437|
|Decimal Degrees||33.42993333, -94.04331667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 25.796', W 94° 2.599'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 25' 47.7600" N, 94° 2' 35.9400" W|
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|Area Code(s)||903, 430|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 821-899 US-71, Texarkana TX 75501, US|
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