Before Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles were sharing their musical talents, there was Blind Tom Wiggins. Born in 1848, Wiggins was born autistic and blind. He grew up a slave, yet was an accomplished pianist who later traveled around the country showcasing his skills.
The Ballad of Blind Tom, a book written by Deirdre O’Connell, tells about the life and legacy of America’s lost musical genius. Watch the video below to hear the creative sounds of Wiggins, who was known as the slave pianist and autistic savant.
For more information, go to www.blindtom.org.