: Caption reads "Stephen C. Foster. Marker. On Guilford School 4th Str. East of Broadway."
Plaque reads "On the site of the school between the years 1846 - 1850 lived Stephen C. Foster - Master of the art of song; Composer of "My Old Kentucky Home", "Swanee River", "Old Black Joe" and many others; in native ballad form and melodic strain distinctively American. He sang of simple joys and pathos to all the world."
Stephen Collins Foster was born July 4, 1826 and died January 13, 1864. He was known as the 'father of American music'. As well as the songs listed on the plaque pictured, he also wrote "Oh! Susanna", "Camptown Races" and "Beautiful Dreamer." Foster, originally from Lawrenceville (now Pittsburg), Pennsylvania, moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1846 to be a bookkeeper for his brother's steamship company. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
The Guilford School located at 421 East Fourth Street, at the corner of Ludlow Street was a public elementary school designed by Frederick W. Garber and completed in 1914. The four story brick building was named after Nathan Guilford, Cincinnati's first Superintendent of Schools in 1850. There is a D.A.R. marker on site which indicates that this area was once part of the Fort Washington military reservation. The building has since been converted to apartments View on Ohio Memory.
: SA1039AV_B03F06_010_001 Subjects
: Cincinnati (Ohio)--Buildings, structures, etc.; Cincinnati (Ohio). Public Schools; Foster, Stephen C.; Garber, Frederick; Guilford, Nathan, 1785-1854; Fort Washington (Ohio) Places
: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)