Miles Davis Home Ravaged by Scavengers

Nick Gale

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX/IRN) – The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says the boyhood home of Miles Davis is definitely a candidate to be listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and in doing so could save it from vandals.

IHPA spokesman David Blanchette says the state would like to hear from anyone who wants to nominate the home for the federal designation.

“Even though the Miles Davis home is not on the national register of historic places, just because of its association with [Davis] it is indeed a historic structure and the possibilities of it being in the national register were someone to nominate it would be very high,” Blanchette said.

The home could also be listed as a state historic site, owned and run by the state, but Blanchette says that requires an act by lawmakers in Springfield.

Blanchette’s comments come after it was reported that the East St. Louis home has been vandalized in recent weeks. Much of the aluminum siding has been stripped away, windows are broken and pipes have been taken. The vacant home still belongs to the Davis family. Davis was born in Alton and died in 1991.

Copyright KMOX/IRN

  • Massimo Deportado


    One of the left’s most disgusting pied pipers FINALLY gets what’s comin’!

    Hey ‘gro, what goes around comes around!

    YA FEEL ME????

  • The Cryptojournalist
  • arty

    Burn the dump down before it becomes another state-funded piglet on the tit of the taxpayers.

  • WillieG

    @Arty: yea so your kin, if not yourself, can suck on that tit *lol*

  • steve5150

    Who is Mile Davis?

  • Bruce H

    Miles was a serious addict despite the musical genius. He would probably understand the perps. Doubly sad.

  • Hygelac

    He played with black AND white musicians. I think he just disliked a great deal of people, in general, who weren’t like him. Nice guy? Eh, no. Mad genius? Yes.

    • wallace1303

      I dislike most people and I am white. Most people including “whites”, in general, are really dull, boring and stupid but I tolerate people like you because there is always hope you will grow up and show some respect for others.

      • Tyrell McPimpscoon

        wallace, stop imagining that you are way above everyone else in the crowd…arrogant self centered turds (like yourself) are far more annoying than”really dull, boring and stupid” people.

  • Jessica Arrington

    Today’s whites act as if murderous, dehumanizing, racist white America never existed for black Americans. It did and Myles Davis grew up in it.

    He was neither mad nor a racist. He hated having his manhood systematically and legally diminished because he was a black man. He hated being forced to enter the back door of establishments that he played in. He hated being turned away from hotels. He hated repeatedly being stopped by police for being in areas ” he was not suppose to be in.” He hated being beaten by the police.

    Myles Davis was the son of a dentist, who studied classical music and became The Genius of American Jazz. He promoted both black and white musicians.
    He was The Master of Cool.

    • pete

      Hey Jessica, Go count your food stamps!

    • Delmont 88

      Racist white America never did exist, but murderous, dehumanizing, racist blacks certainly exist today. Just read any city newspaper for absolute proof.

    • SlyFox

      Most white people that are alive today had nothing to do with the atrocities that took place years ago. Many white people stood together with MLK to right the wrongs of our ancestors and it is for that fact that “we” try to move beyond those things that were despicable and vile to create a better America for us all. Holding on to grudges from the past is only prohibiting the progression into the future. Our great-grands and grands suffered so that we are able today to stand tall and proud. Miles Davis grew up in those days as we were about to cross over the edge into the future that our grands fought for us. He was a great artist but fell into the abbiss of star status and it is a shame that people feel the need to destroy his home place in the pursuit of greed.

  • Tyrell McPimpscoon

    No surprise. To most Obama supporters, stealing anything to get crack money has a higher priority than preserving history.

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.” ~ Lily Tomlin

  • CommonSense

    The real news is that there was a building in East Saint Louis that had not been ransacked.

  • steelrsd

    they didn’t clarify what kind of pipes were stolen….copper pipes or crack pipes

    • pete

      Surely in St. Louis they stole Crack Pipes, the other Pipe involves WORK!

  • human being

    Pretty sure our country is the way that it is because people can’t work together. The politicians don’t work together..and the citizens don’t work together. All you people do is blame others. And bring up the most irrelevant points.. It’s so stupid. All of this is stupid. I love my country, but God help these people..

  • Leo

    Black is Beautiful, Brown is Grand, but WHITE is the coloe of the Big Boss Man !

  • David Ball

    I think his family wants it on the rigister,so they don’t have to repair the damage at their own expense. Never heard of the guy.

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