Bet You’ve Never Seen a Musical Instrument Like This

“What IS that thing?” I asked the museum guide on duty that day. “Isn’t it something else? It’s called a Deagan Organ, and if you look carefully through the photos of his bands, you’ll see the one that they played, toward the back of the picture.” The overgrown upright xylophone-ish piece of history sits nonchalantly next to a bookcase and speaker, in the W.C. Handy Museum building that’s tacked onto the Florence, Alabama two-room log home birthplace of the “Father of the Blues.” The placard next to it says that it’s one of three known original Deagan Organs left in

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