Highway Marker for Thelonious Monk

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources will unveil and dedicate highway marker E-119: Thelonious Monk 1917-1982 on May 5, 2012.  The text will read:  “Jazz pianist, composer, and architect of bebop.  Wrote ‘Round Midnight’ (1944).  Born 1 mile south.”  It’ll be on NC Hwy 64.

"Around the Y."  Rocky Mount, NC, about 200 yards from Thelonious Monk's birthplace.  Photo by Frank Hunter and Sam Stephenson using Gene Smith's 4x5 Sinar.

"Around the Y." Rocky Mount, NC, about 200 yards from Thelonious Monk's birthplace. Photo by Frank Hunter and Sam Stephenson using Gene Smith's 4x5 Sinar.

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