TOM TURPIN

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Wed, 1873-06-18 Tom Turpin’s birth in 1873 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American musician and businessman from Savannah, Georgia.

Turpin was the second son of John and Lulu Turpin. His father was politically active during Reconstruction and was often referred to as "Honest John." The elder Turpin was proud that he never worked for another man after Emancipation (a street in Savannah is named after the Turpin Family). In the early 1880s, the Turpin family moved to St. Louis, where Honest John opened the Silver Dollar Saloon until 1903, when it was torn down to build a railroad station in anticipation of the St. Louis Exposition of 1904.

Young Tom Turpin taught himself to play the piano. He however, did not have the same musical drive as Scott Joplin or Otis Saunders. He saw music as a way of having fun and making money. In 1885, Turpin and his
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