January 19, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of his birth and at least five cities will be having year long activities to celebrate the writer of “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Gold Bug” and “The Raven”.
Boston, where Poe was born, has had little more than a plaque to commemorate the man, but will be making up for lost time with events as will Richmond, Virginia, where Poe grew up. There, the Poe museum will remain open for 24 hours on his birthday and Baltimore will honor the 150th anniversary of his death in October with the staging of a Poe’s funeral procession and burial, using an imitation of his dead body which will be on view prior to the ceremony. Since Poe died mysteriously and buried hastily, this one will give the great American literary genius, the send off he deserved.
Kicking this all of will be the release of a new Poe postage stamp in January. Poe was last honored with a US stamp in 1947. Get ‘em while their hot. They will be perfect for mailing your Halloween cards in October.