Blind Boone in Warrensburg
Blind Boone performs at the Christian Church in Warrensburg
Blind Boone gave several concerts at the Christian Church in Warrensburg and, according to his biographer, Mellissa Fuell, he considered himself a member of the denomination.
On December 19th and 20th, 1890, Blind Boone gave two concerts at the Christian Church that benefited the ladies organizations at the First Christian church located at 101 E. Gay Street and the Methodist Episcopal church located on East Market Street. Tickets were thirty-five and twenty-five cents respectively, and the admission for children under twelve was fifteen cents.
According to the Warrensburg Standard, the December 1890 event was segregated, with the north end of the church reserved for black attendees while the main floor was reserved for white attendees. The newspaper reported that over the two-day concert a total of $185 was raised and that Boone received one-half of the amount while the remainder was split evenly between the two ladies' organizations.
Boone returned to the church in February 1904 and the Journal Democrat noted about that concert: "The weather was fierce, but in spite of it there was a good sized audience out to Boone..." and the "church ladies realized a handsome sum of money for their trouble."
He held another concert on April 20, 1912 and the Johnson County Star noted: "It has been several years since Boone has been heard in this, his old home, and his many friends will be glad of an opportunity to hear him once more..."
On May 21, 1923 Boone delivered his last concert in Warrensburg at the Christian Church, which, not surprisingly, benefited the Ladies Aid Society.