The year 2017 will be the centennial of Scott Joplin’s death. He was
interred in a community grave at St. Michael’s cemetery, East Elmhurst, NY,
on April 5, 1917. The grave remained unmarked until October, 1974, when
ASCAP installed a plaque.
For the centennial, we plan to add a memorial bench at the gravesite. The
installation will take place on May 27, 2017, after the cemetery’s annual
Scott Joplin Memorial Concert. (The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra will be
performing.) We invite Scott Joplin fans and ragtimers who wish to
contribute to this event to make donations, of any amount. Checks should be
made out to St. Michael’s Cemetery (a non-profit, charitable organization),
with “Scott Joplin Memorial” written in the memo space, and mailed to me so
that I can maintain a record of donors and donations; I will forward the
checks to St. Michael’s. My address is 46 Meadow Ponds Circle, Miller
Place, NY 11764. Should Paypal be preferred instead of a check, payment
must go to my email: edberlin36 at gmail dot com. (Use the Friends and
Family option to avoid Paypal fees.) I will then submit the appropriate
check to the cemetery. I will make the complete record of donors and
donations public after the installation. Names of contributors will be
included unless they ask to be listed as anonymous.
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