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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Poetry, Short Stories, Readings

Uncle Tom's cabin - Entrance of Topsy
Performed by: Len Spencer and company
Written by: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Record format: Edison Amberol cylinder
Release number: 4M-572 (A- .15)
Release date: December 1910
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 36848

In de mornin' & Jes gib him one ob mine
Performed by: Edward Sterling Wright
Written by: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Record format: Edison Blue Amberol cylinder
Release number: 2235 (.3)
Release date: April 1914
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 34435
** Historical note: Edward Sterling Wright was an African-American actor educated at Emerson College of Oratory in Boston. His recitations helped to introduce and popularize the works of African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Antony's address over the body of Caesar
Performed by: Harry E. Humphrey
Written by: William Shakespeare
Record format: Edison Diamond Disc
Matrix number: 3049-B-1-1
Recording date: 1914
Release number: 50211-R
Release date: c. June 1915
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 40512

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Did You Know?

The graves of Thomas and Mina Edison.

Thomas Edison passed away in 1931 and his wife Mina passed in 1947. They were buried at Rosedale Cemetery. In 1963, the family had Thomas and Mina re-buried at the home they loved and where they spent their 44 years together - Glenmont.