The museum is located in the heart of Florence, Alabama. Her nickname ( "Alabama Renaissance City"). The W.C. Handy Cabin, Museum and library is dedicated to one of Florence's most famous sons known as the "Father of the Blues", Handy was born in a log cabin at this site in 1873.
Florence is a city in, and the county seat of, Lauderdale County, Alabama, United States, in the state's northwest corner. Florence is the largest and principal city of the Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Statistical Area (which includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia metropolitan areas in Colbert and Lauderdale counties). Florence is considered northwestern Alabama's primary economic hub.
W.C. Handy The Father of the Blues, William Christopher Handy, was born in Florence in 1873 in a simple cabin that today houses a large collection of his personal papers, memorabilia and artifacts. Born with a natural musical bent-as a boy he visualized birdcalls as notes on a scale. Handy went on to compose such well-known blues jewels as St. Louis Blues, Beale Street Blues, and Memphis Blues. Feel the blues down to your toes standing next to the very piano that shook with St. Louis Blues for the first time; see his hand-written sheets of music-originals of many of his tunes. (Library of Congress/(audio) July 14,1914, sound of Memphis Blues)
Learn more about W. C. Handy , visite the Museum and Cabin at 620 West College Street, Florence, Alabama, 35630
Staff/Phone: 256-760-6434 (available)
"Whenever I heard the song of a bird and the answering call of its mate, I could visualize the notes in scale, all built up within my consciousness as a natural symphony"
Blues is a Worldwide Legacy, and his company still provides services through "Handy Brothers Music Company"! One of the oldest family-owned and operated music publishing company. Created in 1912 by WC Handy, we continue his legacy by educating today's younger generation to his musical genius. His generation was the first to be born free in America after the Civil War. White America will never understand his intellectual courage to embrace the beauty of the blues despite the daily threats of lynchings and other atrocities faced by blacks who dared step into the White man's world to ply their trade.
We are celebrating my grandfather, W.C. Handy, and my name is Charles (Carlos) Handy. You are welcome to share your memories or request information about my grandfather. Feel free to send us an email.
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