"RAGTIME KING" LEFT UNIQUE MUSICAL LEGACY

by Bartee Haile
 
When Scott Joplin died in a New York City asylum on Apr. 1, 1917, the "King of Ragtime" was out of money and out of his mind. Florence Joplin, a freeborn black woman from Kentucky, gave birth to the second of her six children in late 1867 or early 1868 near Linden in northeastern Texas.
 
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