Not So Well-known or Perhaps Forgotten Famous Missourians
June 10, 2013
As a graduate of History from PU (Park University), I knew I still had a lot to learn. I’ve been surprised during the past couple of weeks by facts I had never heard about Missouri.
The first fact is about Scott Joplin, who was originally from Sedalia, Missouri. He was most well-known or unknown for the tune, The Entertainer. I remember this fond tune from the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. I had no idea who was behind such a creative masterpiece. I was floored to learn about Scott Joplin and his history. He was an African-American who surpassed the prejudices against him at the time with his music. What a great Missourian! Check out Scott Joplin’s great music on Freegal or at your local branch. MCPL has some great information about him in our Web Resources and Research Databases. The Library also has some lovely books about him.
Another lesser known Missourian was Tom Bass. He was a slave and had a great ability to train horses, so much so that he impressed the likes of Buffalo Bill Cody and five U.S. Presidents! Bass is the main reason we have the American Royal today. I found this information in the book, Forgotten Tales of Kansas City by Paul Kirkman.