Scott Joplin (c. 1868 – 1917) was a musician and composer. He is considered the “King of Ragtime Writers.” Ragtime is music played in “ragged” or off-the-beat time. This varied rhythm developed from African American work songs, gospel tunes, and dance. Joplin wrote forty-four original piano pieces or rags, two operas, and one ragtime ballet. He also co-wrote seven rags with other composers.
Inscription on this tombstone: A poisoned plant among the rest, In nature's order stood; I ate and was distressed, It poisoned my blood; So sudden was the stroke, By which I was snatched away, That in one hour life's thread was broke, And I was mouldered to the clay.