Of her gift to the museum, Tane commented in a press release, “As a dedicated Poe collector I have understood my responsibility to preserve the best of our literary heritage. In honor and celebration of the museum’s centennial I am proud to contribute some highlights of my collection including Poe’s pocket watch, his engagement ring to Sarah Elmira Royster, and a fragment of his coffin. I am particularly pleased and comforted that these items have found a proper and ‘FOREVER’ home.”
The collection was given to the museum in anticipation of its 100th anniversary. An unveiling event at the museum is planned for April 28.
“Ms. Tane’s generous gift furthers our mission to illuminate Poe for everyone, evermore,” said Jones.