The Ravens—Letting Edgar Allan Poe's Legacy Die?
The city closed Poe House, and the Ravens did nothing
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2013 5:10 PM CST
A man in a period costume stands in front of writer Edgar Allen Poe's grave in Baltimore, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, after a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 162nd anniversary of Poe's death.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – The city of Baltimore and its high-flying football team rely heavily on Edgar Allen Poe's legacy—yet they're letting it fade away, writes A.N. Devers at Salon. City officials shut down the Edgar Allan Poe House last year, citing its $85,000 annual cost, even though it has successfully run for decades and drawn thousands of visitors a year. With little transparency, the city announced that a new entity will conduct all Poe tours and visit the house only by bus. But officials fail to understand that "people are coming to experience the house, however humble, however poor, however few artifacts [are] related to Poe’s life," writes Devers.

No doubt the house's iffy neighborhood—featured in The Wire's first episode with a dead body—plays a role in the city's decision. Yet officials may make it more dangerous for visitors who show up after hours without knowing that tours start offsite. Meanwhile, the Ravens, who use Poe for their very name, haven't offered one dime to support Poe House—because the city hasn't asked, they say. "In Baltimore’s case, if the Ravens win, they’ll be spiking the football on Poe’s grave," Devers writes. "Poe’s impact on Baltimore shouldn’t be reduced to a piece of football trivia. Nevermore." Click for Devers' full piece.

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midget_farmers
Feb 5, 2013 10:06 AM CST
ahhh they should start paying homage to another hometown hero John Waters instead... they could have named the team the Pink Flamingos....
CuratorEmeritus
Feb 3, 2013 10:40 PM CST
The closing of the Poe House had nothing to do with the area in which it was located. Last summer we were hitting about 100 people a day on the weekend and about 50 people during the weekday hours! We were doing great business! The people in the neighborhood are very nice people and frequently would help the lost tourist find the Poe House. YuzhniyNext, Is there such a thing as "bad" Poe artifacts? The Poe Museum in Richmond does have a fine collection of Poe artifacts but we should cherish all sites that are associated with Poe. viva_yo, If the Baltimore Poe House was open 7 days a week we would have people coming to visit on all those days. The Poe House wasn't closed due to lack of visitation. The City of Baltimore CHOSE not to be involved with the Poe House.
gomer99
Feb 3, 2013 8:19 PM CST
DUH....... You really expect today's TV and text culture to GAS about anything related to literature ?