BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore has cut off funding for the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, one of the strongest links between the literary icon and the city that claims him as its own.

Curator Jeff Jerome says he’s been told that the Poe House must become self-sustaining by mid-2012, or it will close. The city hasn’t been funding the museum since last summer, but Jerome is keeping it open with money he’s raised over the years.

The Poe House had been funded at $80,000 a year, which includes Jerome’s salary, a security system, utilities and supplies. Jerome has been the curator and sole employee since the city took control of the building in 1979.

Poe lived in the tiny West Baltimore rowhouse with his aunt and cousins during some lean years in the 1830s, before he became famous.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. Raymont Goings says:

    This is sad to here that such an historical place in our city well not be getting funding from the city is a sad thing to here.My grandmother lived on 205 N.Amity STREET IN THE 1980’S when i was growing up in the POE HOMES.I remember Mr.Jeff being the only person that worked in the Edgar Allan Poe House for such an long time.Not only is he an awesome curator but he became a irreplaceable fixture not only to the poe house but to the community also.I was in a stste of shock to see that he was still running the Edgar Allen Poe House after all this time that it was good to still she him there.Our city and the MAYOR need to find some kind of way to find some way to find such an historical piece of our city the funding that it needs and deserves.If the city and the citizen’s doesn’t help keep the Edgar Allen Poe House from closing down it would be an atrousity to see it closes it’s doors.We need to do any and evrything that we can do to help make sure that this does not happen.Mr.Jeff is and will alway’s be the best curator for the Edgar Allen Poe House.

  2. Tony Parkin says:

    It is disgusting!! Poe should have been America’s Favourite, -he inspired so many
    other writers, American, English, European and around the World. I am doing my best to keep in alive in England with my one-man show Edgar Allan Poe, and my Book of the show The Island of Poe, still performing as POE!! (in UK) I have been
    to 5 countries abroad (English Speaking) on the Continent.
    I shall keep him ‘alive’!!

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